August 2006

DNC Chairman Howard Dean recently assured the country of the following: “If you think what’s going on in the Middle East today would be going on if the Democrats were in control, it wouldn’t, because we would have worked day after day after day to make sure we didn’t get where we are today. We would have had the moral authority that Bill Clinton had … when he brought together the Israelis and the Palestinians.”

It’s interesting that he brought up the Clinton administration “bringing together” the Palestinians and Israelis, as well as the approach of working day after day to make sure what we’re seeing didn’t happen. It recalls the statements Madeleine Albright would make to the press corps traveling with her to the Middle East, statements like the following: “We’re going to have a deal no matter what. We’re working 20 hours a day now; we’ll work 24 hours if we have to.” So that if you’re Yassir Arafat hearing this kind of desperation, it’s your signal to hold out for a better deal. There was more to the Palestinian rejection of the unprecedented Clinton-Barak offer, which ushered in the intifadah. There was the insistently pig-headed Democratic diplomacy.

I guess Dean is just promoting the Democratic way: Why solve a problem now when you can let it spiral out of control and just beg for mercy later?

Thanks to your efforts to reunite the 11 missing students with their home country, three of them have been found before they were molested, killed or kidnapped by any terrorist ambitions. However, as this AP dispatch reports, “Eight students remain at large.”

The FBI has put out a nationwide alert for eleven missing students who arrived in the U.S. last month to attend Montana State University and then disappeared.

Coming to your local supermarket–milk cartons with the following:

Have you seen these children?

Mohamed Ibrahim Fouaad El Shenawy, 17
El Sayed Ahmed Elsayed Ibrahim, 20
Eslam Ibrahim Mohamed El Dessouki, 21
Alaa Abd El Fattah Ali El Bahnasawi, 20
Mohamed Raga Mohamed Abd Alla, 22
Ahmed Rfaat Saad El Moghazi El Laket, 19
Ahmed Mohamed Mohamed Abou El Ela, 21
Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed El Moghazy, 20
Ebrahim Mabrouk Moustafa Abdou, 22
Moustafa Wagdy Moustafa El Gafary, 18
Mohamed Saleh Ahmed Maray, 20

Last seen: JFK Airport, July 2006

If you’ve seen any of these children, please call your local authorities. Police believe they may have been abducted by terrorist ambitions. We want to get them home as soon as possible. (Even though their parents couldn’t care less.) All of these children coincidentally went missing on the same day, and they all happen to be male and from Egypt. They are here on an exchange program in which we send students to Egypt and Egypt sends us terrorists.

One sentence which I neglected to include in yesterday’s glob that drew from the Washington Times article “Muslims Fleeing Strife Find Greece” was this: “The first wave came mostly from neighboring countries such as Albania, following the collapse of the Eastern Bloc.”

It’s an interesting note, considering that the whole plan for removing Milosevic and tricking the U.S. and NATO into bombing the crap out of our WWII allies was to create an Islamic Greater Albania that would encompass Kosovo, Albania, southern Serbia, and parts of Macedonia and Greece — more or less the lands that Hitler had annexed for Greater Albania. Things have been moving along swimmingly in the Balkans ever since our intervention, which is still defended by both liberal and conservative media, and its very relevant fallout ignored by the blogosphere. Great job, everyone.

One documentary has had the courage to outline just how swimmingly. In its revealing map of “Islam on the Move,” the film “Islam: What the West Needs to Know” unapologetically includes Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Albania when it demonstrates that Islam is on the march across the globe toward an eventual caliphate.

Kudos, meanwhile, to Ehud Olmert, who last weekend told European countries to stop preaching to Israel about civilian casualties, reminding them that they killed thousands of civilians when they bombed Kosovo and Belgrade in 1999.

It’s also interesting, considering the sizeable proportion of Albanian Muslims in Greece, that there is so much pressure for a mosque in Athens. After all, weren’t we told in 1999 by our president and his media that the “ethnic Albanians” on whose behalf we launched a jihad weren’t “religious”?

Two days after the Washington Times article — which reported there being tensions over Athens not having a mosque — BBC carried the following update: “Plans for the first mosque in Athens since Turkish rule under the Ottoman empire have been given the go-ahead by the Greek parliament.”

Apropos, a member of the opposition — Dr. Athanasius Papagiorgiou — had this to say: “We don’t want another Kosovo here close to Athens. Kosovo used to be a centre for the orthodox faith, and today it’s nothing.”

Ah, if only it was really “nothing”, rather than the center for jihadists and Christian cleansing that it is.

The Washington Times recently ran a piece titled “Muslims Fleeing Strife Find Greece.”

I don’t know if it was satire or what, but the opening paragraph read: “Greece would appear the last possible destination for Muslim immigrants — it is 99 percent Christian Orthodox; its 11 percent unemployment rate ranks near the highest among European Union countries and it is one of the less developed EU member states.”

The last possible destination? Let’s see: decrepit, backward, chaotic country with a high unemployment rate and plenty of Christians to convert or kill? That sounds like pretty ripe pickings to me. Plus, the high unemployment rate will give Muslims something to blame when they feel like rioting and setting cars on fire. The article does point out that “[g]eographically their arrival in Greece makes sense. Greece straddles Asia and the West and is Europe’s eastern gate. It is the only EU country in the Balkans. And its seas bordering Turkey make for a porous border.”

The article also reports that immigrants in Greece take jobs that Greeks refuse to do. Like building mosques? There are no mosques in Athens as of yet, which, according to the following paragraph, could make for a good excuse to kick some Greek ass: “Imam Munir Abdelrasoul from the Sudan, who has lived in Greece for 30 years and speaks fluent Greek, said relations between mostly immigrant Muslims and mostly Christian natives are ‘good.’…But Imam Abdelrasoul said those feelings of good will are being challenged by the absence of a mosque in Athens — making it the only European capital without one.”

But building mosques in Athens should be an easy undertaking. When all of Athens’ synagogues get trashed within a couple years, the government could just use those sites for mosques.

“Some analysts say it is politically risky to push for the construction of a mosque. Greeks were brutally oppressed under 400 years of Ottoman Turk rule and many Greeks have come to associate Islam with that painful period of their history. ‘Some Greeks equate Turkish rule with Islam,’ said Marios Begzos, professor of comparative philosophy of religion at the University of Athens. ‘But Greeks and the Greek government must learn to distinguish between Turks and Muslims.’”

That’s like telling a Jew he needs to differentiate between a Muslim and a Palestinian.

Says Abdelrasoul: “I hope officials will come to understand that when people feel respected and accepted in a society they feel more satisfied and inclined to honor that society.”

Yeah–just look at England, France, Spain and America.

Sounds like a threat to me. On the order of ‘damned if you do and damned if you don’t.’

England’s The Daily Mail published this adorable photo of a sunbathing pig. While it’ll make many Westerners yearn to get a pet pig of their own, the newspaper can probably expect letters of complaint from its Muslim readership. Because apparently, pigs are offensive to Muslims. (Personally, I always thought it was the other way around — that Muslims are offensive to pigs.)


Increasingly, instead of the term anti-Semitism when referring to discrimination against Jews, terms such as religious bigotry,” or religious slurs or religious discrimination are being used. Granted, “anti-Semitism” is overused–including by Jews themselves, who have been known to cry wolf with it. However, when I saw on the current cover of People Magazine the words “Mel Gibson…apologizes for spewing religious slurs,” I started thinking there’s usually a reason for the language trends that the media sets in motion; there’s usually an end to their means.

Without jumping to conclusions and sounding like a Jew with a persecution complex, I fear the goal here may be to downplay what is already a disturbing worldwide trend of dangerous anti-Semitism, whose end result has historically been genocide. The word “religious” helps divorce the mind from “ethnicity,” “racism” and “genocide.” And generally speaking, accusations of “racism” are doled out more stingily when it’s racism against Jews than when it’s racism against other minorities. If the presses have us thinking that it’s a religion being targeted and not a people, then the threat seems less imminent. But it shouldn’t.

In the early history of anti-Semitism, it was indeed Judaism as a religion that was targeted. Next, it was Jewish blood that was the problem. Today the virus has mutated into targeting “Zionism.” But the constant is a people under siege. Those who today say Jews are targeted because of Israeli policies, or Zionism itself, are too scared to admit that we’re staring down the dark barrel of what we’ve only read about in history books.

I don’t know if anyone else has pointed this out, but what Mel Gibson gave voice to in his not-so-drunken eruption last week was nothing different from what a sizeable chunk of the country has been saying about recent wars. The only difference is that Mel slipped and actually used the word “Jews” instead of using the usual code words like neocons, Zionists and the Jewish/Israeli lobby (recall the Harvard report by Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer which said essentially that the U.S. is being led around by the nose by the Israeli lobby and the friends of Israel in violation of its national interests). So the “truth serum” that everyone is talking about exposed a lot of people, who were then–as you might imagine–all too eager to slam Gibson, as a way of distinguishing their anti-Semitism from his. This includes Jews who also rail against “the neocons.” (See Sydney Blumenthal’s “The Neocons’ Next War.”)

While forgiveness is right and fair and natural, the eagerness to forgive–as witnessable from two late-night TV audiences last week in the heat of the controversy–may have as much to do with people being annoyed by Jews as with their sympathy for Mel.

In a way, Gibson’s arrest and the non-event that the public wants it to be are a metaphor for the world’s relapse into anti-Semitism, which is frequently called by another name.

This week’s report indicating that 61% of Democrats believe it’s OK for us to feed Israel to the wolves is significant.

This week, Cuban dictator Fidel Castro underwent surgery for gastrointestinal bleeding, temporarily relinquishing power to Elian Gonzalez.

He also has pushed off his birthday celebration that the whole country is required to be out in the streets celebrating. (The closest thing we have to that here is Oprah’s birthday.)

Castro grew up on his father’s prosperous plantation, which means that what he was, was another rich kid with too much time on his hands becoming a socialist. (Speaking of plantations, it should be noted that Castro doesn’t have any black Cubans in the higher bureaucratic posts of his administration.)

Check out how an AP twit reported the Cuban public’s “reaction” to the dictator’s condition:

In Old Havana, waiters at a popular cafe were momentarily stunned as they watched the news. But they quickly got back to work and put on brave faces [emphasis added].

“He’ll get better, without a doubt,” said Agustin Lopez, 40. “There are really good doctors here, and he’s extremely strong.”

…Signs on the plaza’s colonial buildings put up during a recent Cuban holiday said, “Live on Fidel, for 80 more.”

“We’re really sad, and pretty shocked,” said Ines Cesar, a retired 58-year-old metal worker. “But everyone’s relaxed, too. I think he’ll be fine.”

When asked about how she felt having Raul Castro at the helm of the nation, Cesar paused and said one word: “normal.”

These are not “brave faces,” but very scared, conditioned Poker faces, long accustomed to not saying anything but glowing things about the dictator, especially about his health. Whenever my journalist friend Heather asked anyone in Cuba anything of a political nature, the response was consistent no matter whom she “talked” to: expressionless, unopinionated, contented-seeming one-word answers.

Meanwhile, the reporter noted that “Cuban revolutionaries opened 10,000 new schools, erased illiteracy, and built a universal health care system.”

Well bully for Cuba. But what would I care for a good education if there’s not going to be any opportunity? I’d rather be stupid and oppressed than smart and oppressed.

Notice how the lefties who are always pointing to Cuba’s excellent education system are the same folks who are always clamoring for ever more funding for public schools here. But their beloved Cuba is proof positive that to teach a child, all you need is a teacher and a book–since that’s about all Cuba can afford. So since we’ve tried overfunding schools, how about we try underfunding them–like in Cuba? Let’s slash that education budget! Let’s start with the computers: there weren’t any computers in my high school, so as soon as I see a computer, I know that school is overfunded.

In the new issue of GQ magazine, when an interviewer asked Paris Hilton whether she fancied Tony Blair, she answered, “Who?” Then she said she wouldn’t recognize “like, your president” if she saw him.

Attagirl! That’s what a star is supposed to be. In a striking consistency with a Marilyn Monroe anecdote I’ve laid out here previously, Hilton said in the same interview that she would most like to be compared to “Marilyn Monroe mixed with [Princess] Diana.”

Here is what I wrote on this subject: Today’s “stars” should take an example from old-time movie greats. For example, when Soviet Premier Nikita Kruschev came here on a visit and requested an evening out with Marilyn Monroe, someone had to tell her who he was. Marilyn was like, “Khrushchev WHO??” That’s my girl! That’s when stars knew how to be stars and actors knew their place.

This Paris Hilton episode is very refreshing indeed. I think saying “Who’s Tony Blair?” is much smarter than saying “Bush is a Nazi!”

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