March 2007

“The uncontested absurdities of today are the accepted slogans of tomorrow. They come to be accepted by degrees, by precedent, by implication, by erosion, by default, by dint of constant pressure on one side and constant retreat on the other — until the day when they are suddenly declared to be the country’s official ideology.” — Ayn Rand

At their home in Leipzig, Patrick Stuebing and Susan Karolewski are in the kitchen, playing with a young toddler.

They share a small flat in an east German tower block on the outskirts of the city. It looks like an ordinary family scene, but Patrick is Susan’s brother and they are lovers.

“Many people see it as a crime, but we’ve done nothing wrong,” said Patrick, an unemployed locksmith. “We are like normal lovers. We want to have a family.”

Patrick, who is 30 years old, was adopted and, as a child, he lived in Potsdam. He did not meet his mother and biological family until he was 23. He travelled to Leipzig with a friend in 2000, determined to make contact with his other relatives.

He met his sister Susan for the first time, and according to the couple, after their mother died, they fell in love…She says she does not feel guilty about their relationship.

“I hope this law will be overturned,” Susan said. “I just want to live with my family, and be left alone by the authorities and by the courts,” she went on, in a hardly audible voice.

Patrick and Susan have been living together for the last six years, and they now have four children…The couple’s lawyer, Endrik Wilhelm, has lodged an appeal with Germany’s highest judicial body, the federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, in order to overturn the country’s ban on incest.

“Under Germany’s criminal code, which dates back to 1871, it is a crime for close relatives to have sex and it’s punishable by up to three years in prison. This law is out of date and it breaches the couple’s civil rights,” Dr Wilhelm said… “This couple are not harming anyone. It is discrimination…”

“When we go out to the supermarket, people recognise us and many have told us that they support our legal challenge,” said Patrick.

“We’ve already heard that the vice-president of the Constitutional Court said that there will be a ‘fundamental discussion’ about this issue in Germany,” said Dr Wilhelm.

“Many criminal law experts say that we are right and I’m confident that my clients will win their case. The law against incest is based on very old moral principles. The law was abolished in France, it’s about time it should be scrapped here in Germany as well.”

That’s right. If all else fails, revert to the usual argument: The French have been doing it for years!

On the other hand, as I argued in a 2004 Opinion Journal article, incestuous marriages could be good for families: It’s a lot harder to leave your wife when she’s your sister.

It could also reduce the petty fights that couples have as to whom the baby resembles more: “Look, Honey: he’s got our eyes, and our mother’s nose and our father’s ears and Grandpa’s mouth…”

Reformed PLO terrorist and current anti-jihad speaker Walid Shoebat explained once on “Hannity & Colmes” that, actually, the reward the Koran speaks of is not 72 virgins, but 72 mansions with 72 beds, each bed with 72 virgins. That’s 72 x 72, which equals 5,184.

So, in addition to trying to out-victim the Jews, we have yet another Islamic plot to compete with Jews: Porn king Ron Jeremy boasts only 4,000 women.

FBI Puts Local Officials on Notice About Extremists Trying to Sign Up to Be School Bus Drivers

The FBI has issued an “informational bulletin” to state and local officials saying to watch out for people tied to extremist groups trying to earn licenses to drive school buses.

The Associated Press reports that members of the unnamed extremist groups have succeeded in gaining the drivers licenses…”some school districts have reported an increased number of foreign nationals seeking school bus driver positions and a number of other unusual events.” [You hear this? School districts are ethnically profiling!]

The bulletin noted “recent suspicious activity” by foreigners who either drive school buses or are licensed to drive them…

Add this implication to the plot, exposed last year, to poison beer and burgers at sports stadiums, then consider the following, and realize that this is all just the tip of the iceberg in our current, nightmarish reality:

I have a sister-in-law who has worked as a translator in hospitals, clinics and local municipal agencies serving the Spanish-speaking community of a small, docile, semi-rural town on the east coast. She explained that, like many semi-rural towns in America, hers has a shortage of doctors. And so local hospitals in these areas have been recruiting Middle Eastern doctors.

Which leaves one with an unsettling premonition of a potential medical jihad, for, as anyone who has watched “Forensic Files” or “Cold Case Files” is aware, medical professionals know a lot of tricks that undetectable substances are capable of, namely foul play. And Muslim doctors and medical students are no less susceptible to jihadism than Muslim academics, bus drivers and street vendors. (I remember a neurosurgeon calling in to a radio talk show and telling of a Lebanese colleague living here with his wife and three children, who told him that America had brought 9/11 on itself.)

The last time we were faced with a comparable situation was when the FDR government realized that the Japanese would be using Japan loyalists inside America to undermine American defenses. So our government set up a system of internment camps for Japanese and other people of Axis origins living in America. Michelle Malkin’s 2004 book In Defense of Internment illustrated that, despite what our self-loathers want us to believe, there was nothing sinister or reprehensible about the American internment camps of WWII. So the idea of internment camps is already more palatable to Americans now than it was in recent decades. And this is, after all, WWIII.

When we, god forbid, start witnessing our children being targeted for slaughter by Muslims in America, the public may revive the idea of an internment policy. As much as leftists like to believe otherwise, it’s actually a policy more likely to happen under a Democratic administraton, as progressives are generally less obtrusive when one of their own is in the Oval Office — and as progressives react radically when they see their own children being killed or maimed. Especially if there’s an attack on U.S. soil under an egomaniac who would take such a gesture very personally — like, say, a President Hillary Clinton — everyone who fits the profile will be behind barbed wire the next day.

We’re always hearing that the WWII camps were set up as “protection” for Japanese-Americans from Americans, and this was reiterated in 2003 by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble, R-N.C., during a radio call-in show: “We were at war. They (Japanese-Americans) were an endangered species. For many of these Japanese-Americans, it wasn’t safe for them to be on the street.” Well similarly, every time Muslims kill another set of Americans or Europeans, we hear about how Muslims fear for their safety, and are bracing themselves for a backlash. (See Salt Lake City.) One woman said she feared going to the grocery store just from watching an episode of “24,” which depicts merely fictional violence by Muslims:

Rabiah Ahmed, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations…said Thursday she was distressed by this season’s premiere. “After watching that show, I was afraid to go to the grocery store because I wasn’t sure the person next to me would be able to differentiate between fiction and reality.”

Imagine how scared she’ll be of Americans when Muslims really let loose on us; this woman is begging for a protective internment camp. (Let’s not tell her she has more to fear from fellow Muslims than from Americans.)

According to some paranoids who think the government is out to get them but the terrorists aren’t, these facilities already exist. And here is a video.

Looks like the Serbs didn’t learn their lesson. They’re at it again — cracking down on domestic terrorism. We may have to bomb them again:

AP: Serbian police crack down on alleged Muslim terrorist group, arrest 4

Serbian police said Saturday they discovered the training camp of an alleged Muslim terrorist group in a tense southern region, and arrested four Serbian Muslims.


In a statement, the police said they found several tents and a cave that allegedly served as a training ground for the Wahhabis…The camp was located on a mountain near Novi Pazar, in the center of the predominantly Muslim region of Sandzak along the border with Bosnia and Montenegro, police added.

In a dayslong operation, the police found large quantities of plastic explosives, ammunition, face masks, military uniforms, bombs, food, water and other equipment, the police statement said. Also found were “propaganda terrorist material, military survival instructions, geographic charts and several CDs,” the police added.


Western intelligence reports leaked recently have suggested that Sandzak, as well as Muslim-dominated regions in neighboring Bosnia, could be an ideal recruitment spot for the so-called “white al-Qaida” — Muslims with Western features who could easily blend into European or U.S. cities and execute terrorist attacks.

Several incidents have been reported in Sandzak within the Muslim community, with the Wahhabis accusing local Muslim clerics of failing to practice “true” Islam, and disrupting prayers at local mosques.

From a Security & Intelligence Brief this weekend:

Way back in 2003, warned that the independence of Montenegro — which would divide the Sandzak between Serbia and Montenegro, giving irredentist Muslims a “cause” to push for “unification” — was a threat to Balkan stability. Montenegro has now been independent for less than a year and this warning is now being born out.

Ah, just look at all the Clinton-promised stability that the prospect of an independent Kosovo has brought to the region. Muslims are also eyeing southern Serbia, among other parts of the Balkans, for further land gains — takeovers that have been made all the easier by our carving up Yugoslavia so nicely on their behalf.

Oh look — it seems we actually are preparing to attack the Serbs again (didn’t I mention this last week):

The information of French intelligence officers is that [former U.S. diplomat William] Walker met with many former KLA members that he had personally trained for special operations against the Serbian forces.

According to what the intelligence services of the big powers had informed their governments, Walker was on a mission of preparing terrorists and extremists for performing the final phase in the realization of the project on an independent Kosovo in case plans are not resolved “peacefully.”

The plan is to provoke the Serbian security forces to react in the protection of Serb convoys and to then urgently request the intervention of international forces in the protection of the “jeopardized Albanian population in the Presevo Valley from Serbian security forces that are revenging over the loss of Kosovo.”

Deja vu, anyone?

Pay no attention to this report in Saturday’s UK Telegraph:

A confidential study [by a Berlin think tank] warns that Kosovo faces a violent and chaotic future….The study, commissioned by the German government, accused Western governments, including Britain, of the “ostrich politics” of denial and found that Kosovo faced a decline into “violent riots and even revolution-like development” after the expected declaration of independence.

It claimed that the United Nations administration and the Nato-led peacekeeping mission had been infiltrated by organised crime syndicates, and accused the international bodies of mismanagement, corruption and organisational chaos.

[T]he severely impoverished territory has little prospect of democratic progress because the building of a functioning multi-ethnic society has failed and does not exist “outside the bureaucratic phrases of the international community”…The authors accuse Nato and the UN of creating a culture of systematic repression of critical reports in order to present Kosovo as a success story.

Add the U.S. to that list.

In a survey last month of 3,850 people in six Arab countries, “Sixty-seven percent of the respondents said the United States could improve its image by brokering a comprehensive Middle East peace agreement,” Reuters reported.

In other words, give up the Jews, and we’ll go easier on you. (Not!)

The results show the Arab-Israeli conflict “remains the central prism through which people are evaluating the United States,” even when the international focus is on the Iraq war and nuclear crisis with Iran, said Shibley Telhami of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

Based on face-to-face interviews conducted for the Saban Center by the Zogby International polling firm last November and December, attitudes were surveyed in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and United Arab Emirates.

Respondents were asked to identify which world leader outside of their own country they disliked most.

Bush was named by 38 percent, former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon by 11 percent, current Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert by 7 percent and British Prime Minister Tony Blair by 3 percent.

So they hate a man who won’t give up the Jews more than they hate the Jews themselves. In contrast, Arabs like the French almost as much as they like Hezbollah:

The most admired leader was Hassan Nasrallah of Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Islamic militant group in Lebanon, with 14 percent.

French President Jacques Chirac followed with 8 percent, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with 4 percent and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with 3 percent.

Seventy-nine percent of the respondents cited Israel as their biggest threat, while the United States was named by 74 percent. Iran, which Washington considers a major threat because of its nuclear ambitions, was named by only 6 percent of the Arabs surveyed.

Yes, these are definitely people we want to win over and find common ground with.

Well, I thought I was being sarcastic. But it looks like maybe we will give up the Jews after all. From an AP news alert last month:

The State Department says the United States will join the Iraqi government in a new diplomatic offensive that includes inviting Iran and Syria to a “neighbors meeting” on stabilizing Iraq.

And from DEBKAfile this month: “Israeli military and government sources report Syria has positioned thousands of rockets on its border with Israel”, March 9, 2007:

Quoting three Israeli military and two government sources, the French news agency AFP reports the Syrian army has accelerated its deployment of medium and long-range rockets capable of striking major towns across northern Israel.

Syria concentrates most of its long-range surface missiles in the north. Its decision to bring them so close to the border may indicate that Damascus is seriously thinking of attacking Israel.

DEBKAfile’s military sources report that this redeployment indicates Syria is anticipating an Israeli response to a potential attack…AFP’s sources see the deployment as an indication that Damascus may be preparing for future “low intensity warfare.” The massive deployment of well-entrenched rockets poses “a real strategic threat” to Israel.

And more recently: “European Union backs Syria’s demand to regain Golan from Israel“, March 14, 2007:

EU foreign policy executive Javier Solana offered cooperation to recover the territory which Syria lost to Israel in 1967 at his meeting with Syrian president Bashar Assad in Damascus Wednesday. Damascus has made Western, including US, cooperation against Israel the price for playing its part in ending the violence in Iraq.

In honor of the fourth anniversary of Rachel Corrie’s descent to Allah, I’m pasting the highlights of my Corrie article from June:

After the New York Theater Workshop had the good taste to back away from staging “My Name is Rachel Corrie” a few months ago, the British production has moved to New York’s Minetta Lane Theater for a one-month run starting October 15th.

According to Corrie’s aunt Cheryl Broderson, the family is “absolutely ecstatic” that the play will be seen in New York.

As am I, since I adore English comedy. I mean, let’s be honest: I’ve seen how slowly a bulldozer moves. There’s a lot of construction in my neighborhood, and my dog and I had to get out of the way of one that was heading toward us. We managed to do so. Sixteen times. In other words, in order to end up under a bulldozer, you would have to really want to be under a bulldozer. It would have to be your life’s ambition to be under a bulldozer. And if that’s your life’s goal, there’s nothing anyone can do to stop you. So at least Corrie died doing what she loved: being under bulldozers.

This play 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.)

On a side note, 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 to and from 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?

…these third-worlders probably can’t get over their PR cunning — which has Americans throwing themselves under bulldozers for them. Not only do they get their own young people to sacrifice their lives for jihad, they’ve gotten ours to as well.

Additionally, this time last year, the following invitation appeared on this site, which is apparently undergoing renovations at the moment and is therefore inaccessible:

Rachel Corrie Pancake Breakfast

The Public is invited to a memorial pancake breakfast at Denny’s Restaurant on Douglas Street near Finlayson, 10 am, Sunday March 12, 2006 to celebrate the life and untimely death of Rachel Corrie, Peace Activist with the International Solidarity Movement.

There will be a reading of selections from Ms. Corrie’s letters and diary, followed by a ceremony at Topaz Park, where a stone cairn will be erected in her honour.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their keffiahs, and to dress in black.

No weapons, drugs, or alcohol please.

Several comment posters asked whether this was a joke — that a “pancake” breakfast was being held in honor of a girl crushed by a bulldozer. The original poster insisted it was no joke, but a solemn occasion indeed. I’m just going to excerpt my favorite parts from the comments posted, for anyone who missed it last year:

By a poster called “Catepillar (sic) Pancake”:

The Palestinians are a people with far less claim to historical legitimacy than the Klingons. Idiots like Rachel Corrie are like geeks who go to summer camp to learn to speak Klingon, but wind up playing with live phaser guns. Note the Klingons were created by TV scriptwriters 1966-67 as the alien nemesis to the Starship Enterprise, a full TV season before scriptwriters at the Kremlin invented the equally fictitious “Palestinians” right after the 1967 Israeli victory.

By “Some Guy”:

My sympathy for Rachel Corrie is somewhat less than nil, and my sympathy to the parents who raised her to fight against the only democracy in the Middle East is even less than that.

By “ForNow”:

Corrie’s parents are the ones most responsible for her death and they KNOW it. They are recklessly self-righteous leftists who packed her head with damned fool ideas, and sent her to the college where she was pretty much majoring in leftist activism, till she ended up putting herself in the path of Israeli efforts against a stinking terrorist thug organization. Her parents let her rush toward a sacrificial alter of their own moral vanity. Her parents are hellbent on blaming everybody but themselves for her death. All must pay because her parents are in denial…

By Michael Becker:

I’m at a loss for words. Rachel died trying to save a weapons smuggling tunnel from the Israelis and you’re having a breakfast commemorating her that bans weapons.

Makes no sense. Will the Hamas delegates be able to at least check their AK’s and bomb belts at the door? This is really discriminatory.

By Dov Ber ben Sender:

Probably there was nothing that could be done to save this woman with a martyr complex. If the bulldozer hadn’t got her she would have found some other means to kill herself.

My heart goes out to the driver of the bulldozer that she chose to use as her method of killing herself.

By Scott:

Rachel wasn’t protecting a childrens refuge. She wasn’t protecting greenhouses. She was protecting a tunnel used for the smuggling of arms and explosives. She was thereby contributing TO the mayhem suffered by the Palestinian people and their children.

And by a poster whose username I didn’t record:

“Rachael Corrie Pancake Mix”

1 teaspoon of brain matter
3 Cups Anti-Semitism
2 Cups No Historical Research
1 Cup Stupid Screaming
3 Tablespoons don’t watch the bulldozer

Mix well with equal amounts of weapons smuggling tunnel dirt — Pour into coffin — send it home to raise money for TERRORISTS.

Sarajevo, 2004

They must be preparing for a mass proctology exam.

Now that she will be joining the Council on Foreign Relations, Angelina Jolie is actively expanding her baby collection so that it is more representative of all the countries that are out there. She is in the process of adopting a Vietnamese baby from an orphanage in Ho Chi Minh City, saying, “It would be good to balance the races so there’s another African person in the house for Z [Zahara] and another Asian person in the house for Mad [Maddox].”

Which is a more or less adequate reflection of the complexity of thought that goes into the airhead Council’s own approaches to international affairs.

It sounds like Jolie is also intimating that a fourth adoption is forthcoming, if there is to be “another African person in the house.” Only the white child, biological daughter Shiloh, will be left without a co-racial playmate. Which pretty much reflects current world trends.

In case anyone else missed this USA Today item from October: Dubai tours offer positive view of Islam

With tensions high between the Western and Islamic worlds, Dubai’s leaders are trying to help with an unusual new form of tourism…Dubai’s leader, Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is funding mosque tours for Western visitors that aim to clear up misconceptions about Islam, especially that the religion condones violence…The hope is that tourists can spread understanding of Muslims in their home countries…The tours of Jumeirah Mosque have grown over a decade from irregular gatherings of a dozen people to five-times-weekly tours of a hundred or more.

Now, the government-linked center wants to expand inside the United Arab Emirates and beyond with an eye on the more than 1 million Westerners, mostly Europeans, who visit every year.

It has budgeted $2.7 million for a multimedia center devoted to Islam and Arab culture at the mosque. The center is also expanding tours to seven more mosques in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, capital of the Emirates.

On a recent Sunday, about 100 Western tourists reclined on perfumed carpet under the soaring dome of the Jumeirah Mosque to listen to al-Serkal describe the beliefs of 1.5 billion Muslims, with references to common themes in Judaism and Christianity.

He explained the idea behind Ramadan fasting — sacrificing things you like — and demonstrated Muslim prayer technique: standing, bowing, kneeling, sitting and then pressing his forehead to the carpet…Tourists had plenty of questions, asking about the differences between Sunni and Shiite sects, and between Christianity and Islam…Briton Steve Smith, 53, who works for the London Underground train system, said al-Serkal’s message didn’t explain how suicide bombers could use Islam in 2005 to justify killing 52 commuters.

It isn’t just tourists who seek answers about Islam in Dubai. The Jumeirah mosque recently hosted 180 U.S. Navy sailors and an American businesswomen’s group.

The center has managed to turn its Ramadan fast-breaking dinners into a vogue event for Western diplomats and dignitaries.

Eventually, the center wants to open branches in Europe and North America. Al-Serkal stressed that he wants only to improve the West’s view of Islam, not chase converts.

Al-Serkal’s message did make some headway. Belgian Lode De Busscher, 43, and his Slovak wife Zdenka Ochodnicka, 33, said they now questioned their “very negative” opinions of Muslims in Belgium.

Ochodnicka said she was scared when arriving in Dubai seeing women veiled and men in traditional Arab robes. After a few days, she realized Dubai was safe and that her negative impressions stemmed from television.

“When anything is Muslim, it’s automatically negative,” Ochodnicka said. “Maybe it shouldn’t be that way. That’s why I’m glad I came here. Now I’m open to this.”


Baby-boy British backpacker doesn’t like that people found his site. The nerve of some of us! — to quote published content without asking!? Somehow, the word “clueless” that I used in my original post doesn’t quite suffice.

And to think, he almost made me feel guilty for using his photos also without asking (which I and every other blogger on the planet do on a daily basis).

Inquisitive Hippie Traveler then proceeds to call the leftist, Bush-bashing blog “The Huffington Post,” where I recently started posting, a “hang-out for George Bush’s cronies.” Someone should tell Alec Baldwin that he’s a Bush lover (and then duck immediately).

I’m sorry, but kids who don’t know that published content is fair game for quoting, and that Huffington Post is the opposite of Bush cronies really shouldn’t get upset when their ramblings from the road are contextualized.

As Mickey from Serbianna wrote me, my blog “places his useless wonderings into a real perspective, something he intellectually cannot do… and that is what bothers him more then you quoting him ‘without permission.’”

Yes, Baby thinks that shortening a quote by putting a “…” where his superfluous musings take up space, is the same as “misrepresenting” a quote. As Mickey points out, he’s upset that I put his context-less post into context, which he calls “taking out of context.” No wonder Baby needs his bottle.

Also, from Nebojsa Malic’s Gray Falcon blog today:

So, he “wrote very favourably about the Serbian residents.” Pardon me if I don’t care, especially since he very graphically sympathizes with the “Republic of Kosova” (sic!) which has done its utmost to eradicate those very Serbs. If he had been quoted out of context, or misrepresented, then I would be sympathetic. But he was not — not by Julia, not by Serbianna, and not by me.

And a last word from Mickey:

What’s problematic to me is when he says “There are those of us who want the Balkans to progress, to admit its wrongs…” This idiot should put a robe on and be a Pope if he demands that people should perpetually sit in a confessional and ask an idiot like him for mercy to forgive sins that he paints us guilty of.

Exactly. Just another arrogant Westerner who bought the 1990s war propaganda hook, line and sinker. At least the average American has the good taste to be ambivalent about the Balkans and claim utter ignorance — far from taking a firm and graphic position squarely on one side the way Baby has. Aren’t Europeans the ones who are usually the shades-of-gray folks, while Americans are all about black-and-white distinctions? Interesting that Baby makes an exception on behalf of a clan led by blood-code, mob-rule tribalism. Ah but the Westerner still has a romance with the noble savage.

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