March 2006

Reuters reports: “Older women who say talk shows and soap operas are their favorite TV programs tend to score more poorly on tests of memory, attention and other cognitive skills, researchers reported Monday.”

Today is the 7th anniversary of the Clinton-Albright-Clark terrorist attack on a European country, yet just two days ago, Albright gave a lecture on public service at Yale Law School, about which Yale Daily News carried the following:

“Albright said that in her former position, her greatest accomplishment was halting the genocide during the conflict in Kosovo, but she expressed regret for not taking action to end the Rwandan genocide in 1994, when she was still serving as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.”

Translation: She ignored the genocide that was happening, and stopped the genocide that wasn’t. Because one of the two tasks was easier to “accomplish.” More:

“Albright criticized the current administration’s activities in Iraq and response to Hurricane Katrina, and said the Clinton administration was more willing to admit its foreign policy mistakes.”

Even though she, Clinton and Clark knew there was no evidence of genocide or ethnic cleansing to justify their invasion of a sovereign European nation–and that they allied us with al Qaeda to do it–this is one “foreign policy mistake” she knows she’ll never have to admit. Because she knows we’re too busy watching the game to care.

For some insights into how this spawn was formed, please read either my Fox News article “Not at Albright,” or my Front Page Magazine article “Make me a Sandwich, Madeleine Albright!

If you’re mystified by the sandwich part, it originated as a joke:

OK, that bimbo needs to get behind a deli counter and make me a sandwich. That’s where she belongs. See, the word ‘bimbo’ usually implies dumb but good-looking and sexy, so that’s why no one can tell that’s what she is. They think, “She so ugly, she got to be smart!”

When Albright met the leader of the al Qaeda-affiliated KLA that year, she came back with glowing reviews, saying she was thoroughly charmed by him. What could he have done or said that was so charming: “Gee, you don’t look Jewish”? She didn’t know she was Jewish–please! How do you have a punum like that and not know you’re Jewish? She should have titled her autobiography “Who Knew?”

From “Two Palestinians were killed and another three injured in an explosion north of Gaza on Friday evening….The Israeli occupation army denied any links to the explosion…which is likely to have taken place while preparing a missile for launching it against Israeli targets.”

There’s going to be a play called “My Name is Rachel Corrie,” about the 23-year-old activist who was crushed when she wouldn’t get out of the way of an Israeli bulldozer as she protected a Palestinian explosive-smuggling tunnel. Because of its controversial nature, the New York Theater Workshop has postponed production of the British play.

It’s too bad. Personally, I adore English comedy.

This should be better than “The Madness of King George.” (It’s not for nothing that the third anniversary of Corrie’s death was commemorated with a salute to her family and friends by the Gaza Community Mental Health Program.)

Meanwhile, the weapons-smuggling tunnels beg a question: One of the Palestinians’ grievances against the Israelis is that the IDF security mechanism often interferes with much needed medical supplies or medical care getting through to the territories. But the Palestinians don’t seem to have any trouble getting weapons through. Couldn’t they just use their terror tunnels for the medical supplies? What’s the problem?

The results of the $20 million Saudi gift to Harvard are in. The university has issued a report that found U.S. national interests are harmed by the pro-Israel forces in the country: “The combination of unwavering U.S. support for Israel and the related effort to spread democracy throughout the region has inflamed Arab and Islamic opinion [i.e. homicide] and jeopardized U.S. security,” helping to “produce a resilient insurgency in Iraq, a sharp rise in world oil prices, and terrorist bombings in Madrid, London, and Amman.”

Who knew I was so powerful and dangerous? From now on, my bio will read: “Julia Gorin is a contributing editor to a resilient insurgency in Iraq, a sharp rise in world oil prices, and terrorist bombings in Madrid, London, and Amman.”

GRAND MUFTI OF BOSNIA CALLS FOR STANDING BY SYRIA reports that Bosnian Grand Mufti Reiss-ul-ulema Mustafa Ceric has called for “standing by Syria in the face of pressures put on her. ‘What Syria is exposed to and what is going on in Iraq and Palestine disturb us in the west,’ the Mufti said in an interview with Tunisian al-Shorok newspaper, adding: ‘There would be no peace in the west without the realization of peace in the east.’”

Yes, this comes from a representative of those non-religious, secular, Europeanized Muslims we went to war to “defend” a few short years ago. They’re also the non-Muslim Muslims who were cheering on 9/11 and were among 10 Muslim nations whose ambassadors signed a letter to Denmark complaining about Danish freedom of speech during the first round of the Muhammad-cartoon controversy last October. Bosnian Muslims protested again last month, this time adding anti-Semitic and anti-Bush slogans. BBC carried a description of the scene in Sarajevo:

“With chants of ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is great) hundreds of Bosnia-Hercegovina [B-H] Muslims set fire to Norwegian and Danish flags, which had ‘Go to Hell’ written in English on them, during today’s protest in Sarajevo. …There were no incidents during the half-hour gathering outside the French embassy in Sarajevo, although there were insulting chants directed at Serbs and Jews, as well as US President George Bush. A few hundred B-H Muslims chanted ‘For Allah, against the Vlachs [derogatory term for non-Muslims]’ and ‘Bush and Jews are the terrorists’.”

Below is part of a letter that appeared in The Times on Tuesday, written by a Melissa Yousif of West Bloomfield, Michigan:

“I was truly taken aback by the story of Dr. Wafa Sultan. I commend her for her honesty in saying what people have been afraid to say about the conflicts within Islam.

“Dr. Sultan made an excellent point: both Jews and Muslims have faced extreme hardships and racism, for the Jews in the Holocaust and for Muslims especially after Sept. 11, but what sets them apart is how they have each reacted.”

Get this: the post-9/11 killing spree by Muslims worldwide is a response to “post-9/11 hardships.” Which have been equivalent to getting tossed into human ovens, apparently.

For the record, Dr. Sultan did not make any such atrocious analogies between the Holocaust and post-9/11 life for Muslims. The key word being life.

The funniest and smartest satirical site on the Web has just been “disappeared” from Google’s search engine. The People’s Cube is a Marxist parody site, a direct link to which has suddenly and inexplicably been purged from Google as of last Friday. While there may be, as Google claims–and other bloggers have accepted–some technical explanation for this, it’s also possible that Google buddy and office fixture Al Gore has too much time on his hands.

The Gore connection to Google (he is their lead advisor) is one of a couple recent indicators that point to the possibility of something more nefarious than just “technical” reasons. Google’s competition, MSN, is appeasing Beijing and blocking users of its new China-based Internet portal from entering words like “democracy”, “freedom”, “human rights” and other profanities. Not wanting to miss out, Google has also been complying with the Chinese government’s censorship demands.

Google’s obliging China is all the more depressing given that its co-founder, Sergei Brin, escaped from communism in the Soviet Union. That chasing the dollar can bring a person full circle like this is a little creepy. But Brin wouldnt be the first Russian-American to do well for himslf here and forget where he came from. Plenty of Russian immigrants from the ’70s and early ’80s wave–who were 100% Reagan Republicans after experiencing first-hand the extreme of leftist policies–voted for Al Gore in 2000 and John Kerry in 2004. As one Russian-born acquaintance put it, “Al Gore, George Bush–there’s no difference; I make money either way.”

Or perhaps the bright youths at Google are simply going through the same thing that afflicted Bill Gates, whom the dollar corrupted into leftism. (Success leads to liberal white guilt.) Still, someone should remind Brin that he doesn’t have to do what the communists tell him anymore–and that the last thing a Soviet escapee should be doing–or allowing someone at his company to be doing–is purging enemies.

Assuming that’s the case.

Soul singer Isaac Hayes has quit “South Park,” the brilliant satirical Comedy Central cartoon for which he was the voice of school cook and ladies’ man “Chef.” According to this AOL news report, Hayes said a line was crossed when the creators of the show made fun of Scientology.

“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins.”

Matt Stone’s response to the AP was right on the money: “[Hayes] has no problem - and he’s cashed plenty of checks - with our show making fun of Christians,” adding that he “never heard a peep out of Isaac in any way until we did Scientology. He wants a different standard for religions other than his own, and to me, that is where intolerance and bigotry begin.”

Which reminds me of another cult–I mean, religion–that we know of. (Hey, at least Hayes didn’t pick that one.) Speaking of which, if you’re going to be in a cult, please pick Scientology over you-know-what; it’s much more benign. When is Tom Cruise going to start proselytizing to the right people? Tom, they could really use you in the Middle East.

The December issue of Defense & Foreign Affairs Strategic Policy–a subscription-only newsletter–confirms early news reports that the explosives used for the 7/7 London attacks and the 3/11 Madrid attacks the year before came from Kosovo and were shipped to their destinations via Bosnia. They were supplied by a Kosovo Albanian named Niam Behzloulzi, who goes by “Hulji,” in December, 2003–the same month that Britain’s Sunday Mirror published this report:

“Posing as members of the Real IRA, we…made our deal in Kosovo, a breeding ground for fanatics with al-Qaeda links. Our contact was the deputy commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army Niam Behljulji….Hulji is said to supply terrorists across Europe and has been accused of massacring Serbian women and children during the war. He even posed grinning for a photograph, holding the severed head of one of his victims…Hulji said: ‘The plastics (Semtex) is the old type. No metal strips inside. It cannot be detected at airports.’”

Boy, it’s a good thing we stopped Milosevic from cracking down on those guys!

“Hulji” answers directly to KLA boss Hashim Thaci, who in 1999 executed six of his own officers shortly before this picture was taken:


(Thaci recognized Albright after it was explained that she wasn’t the cleaning lady. Really.) Albright came back with glowing reports of her meeting with him, saying she found him completely charming. What could he have said that was so charming? “Gee, you don’t look Jewish”?

Now, about those “not religous, secular, Europeanized” Muslims of the Balkans whose side we were duped into taking against the Christian Serbs: Hulji, reports D&FA, is “in charge of many of the KLA’s secret operations, including narco-trafficking and narcotics production, and controls Islamist cells. …He is described by those who know him as a ‘fanatical Islamist’, who was trained in Afghanistan.” Meanwhile, if you get a chance, check out some of those Albanian-American Islamic Cultural Centers in New York and Wyoming.

Some more fond memories:

Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke with KLA terrorists in 1999. This weekend Holbrooke said, “I won’t be shedding a tear for Milosevic.” Here you can see why.

Thaci, UN Mission in Kosovo chief Bernard Kouchner, NATO Commander Sir Michael Jackson, KLA Gen. Agim Ceku (an honored guest at the 2004 Democratic Convention and Kosovo’s new prime minister), and NATO Commander Gen. Wesley Clark, who has been pushing for speedy independence for Kosovo this year, lest he upset his terrorist campaign donors.

Just to give some perspective on these particular terrorist allies of ours: Our Balkans interventions were not like our unholy alliances of the past, wherein we strategically chose the lesser of two evils (e.g. allying ourselves with mujahadeen against a clear and present Soviet enemy). For, in 1999, our government knew that the KLA was supported by Iran and bin Laden, against whom the U.S. already had issued two indictments. The Islamists were by then a known entity, specifically as our biggest post-Cold War threat. And Serbia wasn’t a threat to us, but quite the opposite.

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