An organization that specializes in killing civilians “condemns” us for killing a man they call a “warrior.”
Dear God, this one isn’t even two blocks away and around the corner.
Quick get St. Mama Grizzly and The Newtster on the case immediately.
Jamie posted this at 4:30 PM CDT on Friday, August 6th, 2010 as Another Great Victory For Jihad
This is the best piece I’ve read about the Lower Manhattan Mosque and the debate surrounding it.
Jamie posted this at 12:04 PM CDT on Thursday, August 5th, 2010 as Another Great Victory For Jihad
The longer the controversy over the Flaky Lower Manhattan Islamic Center Ground Zero Triumph Mosque goes on, the more hugely embarrassed I am.
Yes, there’s a non-zero chance that Cordoba House is front for something nefarious (though not a terribly clever one I’d add). Equally obvious is the fact that the center has so far achieved the exact opposite of its stated goals of fostering religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue; this shouldn’t have come as a terrible surprise.
Neither of those can excuse the sheer stupidity and offensiveness of most of the opposition to it. Never in my life have I heard so many conservatives so eagerly demand state intervention of any kind, let alone intervention to stop religious practice on private property. Not only has due process gone completely out the door, none of the mosque’s opponents — to my knowledge — have even proposed offering to buy-out Cordoba.
By far, though, the most amazing argument is not only that Cordoba is part of some Grand Jihad, but that its construction would be a major victory for that cause. Here’s the usually-sensible Newt Gingrich channeling Andrew McCarthy:
The proposed “Cordoba House” overlooking the World Trade Center site – where a group of jihadists killed over 3000 Americans and destroyed one of our most famous landmarks – is a test of the timidity, passivity and historic ignorance of American elites. For example, most of them don’t understand that “Cordoba House” is a deliberately insulting term. It refers to Cordoba, Spain – the capital of Muslim conquerors who symbolized their victory over the Christian Spaniards by transforming a church there into the world’s third-largest mosque complex.
Today, some of the Mosque’s backers insist this term is being used to “symbolize interfaith cooperation” when, in fact, every Islamist in the world recognizes Cordoba as a symbol of Islamic conquest. It is a sign of their contempt for Americans and their confidence in our historic ignorance that they would deliberately insult us this way.
When Mohammad Atta piloted AA 11 into the WTC, he found solace in the fact that a Sufi would one day run an interfaith center a few blocks from the site of his wickedness? Really? When Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was being waterboarded for the 182nd time, did he find solace in the hope that a mosque that makes a big stink over its swimming pool would soon reach completion? Really? This is what losing to the terrorists looks like?
If Jihadis wish to believe that Cordoba’s construction outweighs the routing the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and Saddam Hussein I, for one, do not think we should try to convince them otherwise.
For certain kinds of conservatives, shouting “Radical Islam!” or “Islamofascism!” is as necessary and commonplace as breathing. Though there was much to be said for this attitude in the years immediately after 9/11, I find it’s worn kind of thin lately.
To be sure, some attack is either attempted, foiled or occasionally committed a dozen times a year. But, with tremendous consistency they prove to be unimpressive, naive, or just plain stupid. Given the ease of acquiring weapons and bomb-materials in our country, it’s pretty telling that the worst attack we’ve suffered since 2001 was committed by one handgun-wielding fanatic. Clearly we have a problem with Muslim Radicals that needs diligent attention, but — as I’ve said before — if this is terrorism, I’m not very scared.
But then, I see something like the video below. Asked repeatedly whether recent plots might have something to do with Jihad-seeking Muslims, Attorney General Eric Holder could not bring himself to give a straight answer:
Rep. Smith: Are you uncomfortable attributing any of their [terrorists] actions to radical Islam? It sounds like it.
AG Holder: No, no I don’t want to say anything negative about a religion… that’s not consistent with the teachings of it.
Rep. Smith: “Could Radical Islam have motivated these individuals to take the steps that they did?”
AG Holder: “I certainly think that it’s possible that people who espouse a radical version of Islam have had an ability to have an impact on people like Mr. Shahzad.”
Rep. Smith: Ok, could it have been the case in one of these three [terrorism] instances… could one of these three individuals have been incited by radical Islam…”
AG Holder: Well, I think potentially incited by an Islam that is inconsistent with the teachings [of Islam]…
Rep. Smith: It’s hard Mr. AG, it’s hard to get an answer yes or no [from you]…
[Facepalm, followed by quiet sobbing].
H/T: Dennis Prager
Addendum: I couldn’t help but notice that Rep. Smith said that the “all three of the terrorist attempts in the last year” were motivated by Radical Islam. Really? The Hutaree may have been losers to the core, but at least they’re alleged to have planned an attack along the lines of what one might expect from competent terrorists (for really interesting coverage about that case, specifically, about how investigators appear to have been tipped off by other militia groups, read this with this update). And if we’re counting a depressed loser/narcissist with tangential ties to some cleric in Pakistan, is it such a stretch to count Andrew Stack, the Austin Plane Attacker? For the record, I’m by no means saying that either of these were Tea Party-inspired, or any such nonsense.
More and more it appears to me that The West and the Muslim World will never reconcile. Below is a video of a Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks being attacked for drawing a cartoon of The Prophet:
Those chants in the background? Yep. Allahu Akbar. Lovely.
Jamie posted this at 4:25 PM CDT on Tuesday, May 11th, 2010 as Another Great Victory For Jihad
In light of the vile threats and controversy surrounding the most recent episodes of South Park I’ve decided to post this video in support of the most patriotic and American show on tv. It contains NSFW language, but who cares, this is what America is all about:
Jamie posted this at 1:37 PM CDT on Friday, April 23rd, 2010 as Another Great Victory For Jihad
I just listened to Obama’s Cairo Speech. If I didn’t already know better I’d think it was satire. He’s standing there in an oppressive country, speaking to the people of the Middle East, and he makes the statement that no country should be elevated above another.
This kind of morally relativistic hogwash is the reason why I despise liberalism and why it is so very very dangerous. Obama would have us believe that countries which oppress their women, supress freedom of speech and religion and insight violence against people who don’t share their creed are no better than America.
That concept isn’t just wrongheaded, it is evil.
Look I’m not one to say that Obama hates America, or that he would willingly collude with our enemies. Then he goes and says shit like this.
Obama says Iran’s energy concerns legitimate
By NANCY ZUCKERBROD
The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:24 AM
LONDON — President Barack Obama suggested that Iranmay have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it proves by the end of the year that its aspirations are peaceful.
In a BBC interview broadcast Tuesday, he also restated plans to pursue direct diplomacy with Tehran to encourage it set aside any ambitions for nuclear weapons it might harbor.
First off, Iran sits on a giant fracking sea of oil, so any “energy concerns” they may have can probably be allieviated by, oh I dunno, OIL. Second, even if he believes this to be true you do not announce it on the fracking BBC! All this will do is embolden Iran and give them more ammunition at the negotiating table. If the enlightened one believes they have the right to nuclear power then it must be true.
When discussing the aftermath of the Moors Murders, Theodore Dalrymple quoted the mother of a victim whose body has never been found [emphasis added]:
Myself and the parents of the other victims . . . have had to live for over thirty years knowing that our children died a terrible death at the hands of that evil pair. Hindley is due to have her case heard at the [European] Court of Human Rights. What about our rights? There is no such thing as a normal life after your child has been murdered. We live a life sentence too but there is no appeal or reprieve for us, our suffering goes on and on and is only made worse every time something like this comes up. We are the forgotten victims. Hindley has never been charged with the murder of my Keith . . . . I would like to take out a private prosecution but I cannot afford it and cannot get Legal Aid. I still do not know where my son is and all I want is to have him home and give him a decent burial.
Nobody cand doubt the agony of these parents. Their children have died terrible deaths, and they’ve been denied the closure of a funeral.
But despite our pity, Israel’s decision to release live terrorists in return for the bodies of dead Israeli soldiers is a terrible mistake. Caroline Glick (H/T) explains why this is so hideously bad an idea [emphasis added]:
Despite the government’s best efforts to put a brave face on the decision, the deal with Hizbullah is arguably the most humiliating step ever taken by a government of Israel.
In exchange for the bodies of two dead soldiers — Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser — Israel has succumbed to all of Hizbullah’s demands. It will release six murderers from prison and send them to Lebanon for a hero’s welcome. It will give Hizbullah the bodies of 200 terrorists and so empty Israel’s Potters Field for terrorists. Moreover, it has pledged to close Israel’s graveyard for terrorists and so has committed future governments to never keeping terrorists’ bodies as bargaining cards for future swaps of Israeli hostages. Israel has agreed to provide Hizbullah with information on four missing Iranian “diplomats.” And it has agreed to release an unknown number of Palestinian terrorists from prison.
This deal will cement Iran’s control of Lebanon through Hizbullah. It also all but guarantees that any future Israeli soldiers taken hostage by Hizbullah will be killed on the spot. Why care for hostages when you can murder them and expect to receive the same payoff you would get if you kept them alive?
More Israeli parents will now see their children taken hostage and murdered. The Israeli government will find itself the junior partner in this deal with the devil.
Muslim scientists and clerics have called for the adoption of Mecca time to replace GMT, arguing that the Saudi city is the true centre of the Earth.
Mecca is the direction all Muslims face when they perform their daily prayers.
The call was issued at a conference held in the Gulf state of Qatar under the title: Mecca, the Centre of the Earth, Theory and Practice. . . .
The meeting also reviewed what has been described as a Mecca watch, the brainchild of a French Muslim.
The watch is said to rotate anti-clockwise and is supposed to help Muslims determine the direction of Mecca from any point on Earth.
Anti-clockwise watches? Mark Steyn rightly ridicules:
With the Mecca watch, time runs backwards. Until it gets to the seventh century, when it stops.
Prediction: The Archbishop of Canterbury will have adopted Mecca time by lunchtime.
I suspect that time has little meaning for the Ayatollah of Canterbury. But I’m sure he can give an incomprehensible speech about it.
Hubbard posted this at 12:57 PM CDT on Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 as Another Great Victory For Jihad, There Is Only One God And Jonah Goldberg Is His Prophet
Jimmy Carter let loose a whopper the other day:
“In a democracy, I realize you don’t need to talk to the top leader to know how the country feels,” he said over the weekend, responding to a question from an Israeli journalist who noted that Mr. Carter had been snubbed by most of Israel’s top leadership and reprimanded by its president, Shimon Peres. “When I go to a dictatorship, I only have to talk to one person and that’s the dictator, because he speaks for all the people.”
. . . . He said the dictator “speaks” for “all” the people, just as the people in a democracy speak for themselves. Taken at face value, this is a reflection of every dictator’s conceit: that his will is also the general will, whether the people agree with him or not. This is what Fidel Castro meant when he praised Cuba’s elections, in which only the Communist Party is on the ballot, as “the most democratic in the world.” Perhaps Mr. Carter has harbored similar views about the relative merits of his opinion versus the people’s since he was turned out of high office by 44 states.
Yet a dictator does not speak for the people. Properly speaking, a dictator speaks for none of the people. A dictator speaks only for himself, while “the people” are transformed, through force and fear, into an abstraction, an instrument, a rhetorical trope. On the contrary, it is only in a democracy where the government can morally and lawfully be said to speak for the people, since it was morally and lawfully chosen by the people to speak for them. Which means that Mr. Carter has matters precisely backwards: It is in democracies such as Israel where the views of the leadership matter most, and in dictatorships such as Syria where they matter least.
When asked about Carter’s trip, Obama had a non-response.
“I’m not going to comment on former President Carter,” Obama told reporters while campaigning in Indianapolis. “He’s a private citizen. It’s not my place to discuss who he shouldn’t meet with. I know I’ve said consistently that I would not meet with Hamas.”
Had Obama given Carter the verbal smacking the ex-president deserved, I think he’d have moved up in public opinion. Not only did Obama miss another Sister Souljah moment, but he also demonstrated that he lacks the intellectual honesty to follow his negotiate-with-anybody-stance to its logical conclusion.
At least by Carter’s logic, even as President Carter himself didn’t speak for us. It’s a pity all the political prisoners in the Middle East will almost certainly not see it that way.
You have GOT to be kidding me:
The Archbishop of Canterbury has today said that the adoption of Islamic Sharia law in the UK is “unavoidable” and that it would help maintain social cohesion.
Rowan Williams told BBC Radio 4′s World At One that the UK has to “face up to the fact” that some of its citizens do not relate to the British legal system.
He says that Muslims could choose to have marital disputes or financial matters dealt with in a Sharia court. He added Muslims should not have to choose between “the stark alternatives of cultural loyalty or state loyalty”.
Dr Williams said there was a place for finding a “constructive accommodation” in areas such as marriage – allowing Muslim women to avoid Western divorce proceedings.
Hey, I’ve got a brilliant idea. If Muslims don’t relate to the British legal system, GET THE FRACK OUT OF BRITAIN. Why the HELL should we bend over backwards to accommodate a 12th century legal system in a modern western country? Leftists like Dr. Williams always tell us that we should be accepting of other cultures – well that door goes both ways.
If you want to live in the west and enjoy all the freedom and prosperity it provides you should live by our rules. If you want to live under sharia law – move to Saudi Arabia or Iran.
Those are my four issues in this campaign — which I happily give Apollo credit for — and I’m more confident that John McCain will make better decisions on them than Mitt Romney. That’s why I just voted for him.
McCain was one of the few Republicans to support the war and criticize its prosecution before it became popular for Republicans to do. He backed the Surge from the beginning and through its darkest hours and has been proven to have been right.
On judges, McCain voted for all of President Bush’s nominees, including Justice Alito, a vote he has vehemently defended. Even if John Fund was right and McCain would nominate justices more like Roberts than Alito, I know I’d be a perfectly happy man.
Mitt Romney is a good guy and I’m not going to fault anyone who votes for him: he’s infinitely preferable to McCain on fiscal matters and he doesn’t buy into the man-made-global-warming-will-destroy-the-world-thank-you-Al-Gore stuff. On those issues — as well as immigration and campaign finance/1st amendment issues — we’re going to have to fight McCain, especially those like me. But so long as we emerge from a better Iraq and appoint reasonable justices, I’m willing to fight those fights.
I voted for you, Mac. Don’t let me down.
Tom posted this at 8:04 PM CDT on Tuesday, February 5th, 2008 as Another Great Victory For Jihad
Snarky Bastards briefly covered the story of Farfour, the Jihadi mouse of Hamas children’s television, who was eventually beaten to death by a Mossad agent (on camera). Well, Palestinian boys and girls have a new friend in Narhoul, the wingless Jihadi bee!
In addition to teaching Palestinian children about the virtues of jihad and martyrdom, Narhoul also provides a forum to discuss the Prophet’s teachings on animal cruelty — by showing what you’re not supposed to do to real cats.
A couple of years ago, I wondered how long it would be until Jihadis started releasing videos of themselves kicking puppies (crusader puppies, of course). I think this is pretty close.
Tom posted this at 2:15 PM CDT on Thursday, December 27th, 2007 as Another Great Victory For Jihad