Saturday, November 04, 2006

Standing up in Turkey

Thousands of nationalist Turks marched in the capital Saturday, vowing to defend the secular regime against radical Islamic influences and urging the government not to make too many concessions in order to gain European Union membership.

Some 12,000 people from more than 100 pro-secular associations waved Turkish flags as they marched to the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. "Turkey is secular and it will remain secular," they chanted during a march broadcast live on some TV channels. (source)

Perhaps there's the fact that in Turkey, Islam isn't wrapped up in Arab nationalism, but even amid the rising tide of Islamicist-Jihadi rhetoric, there are people there still willing to stand up for a different vision of what the government should be.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Voices from the Resistance

Apparently, as long as the nightly burning of Citroens and Peugeots by local "youths" remains at 200 cars or less, and only one woman receives burns covering 60 percent of her body when the bus she's traveling in is torched by a Molotov cocktail, France can be said to be “relatively calm"--at least by her interior minister. -- Ed Driscoll

Who would have thought centuries after the Enlightenment that sophisticated Europeans — in fear of radical Islamists — would be afraid to write a novel, put on an opera, draw a cartoon, film a documentary or have their pope discuss comparative theology? Victor Hanson

Multiculturialism's Achilles' Heel

Multiculturalism grew up in a time where people, unhappy with the behaviors of their forefathers, sought to find alternative role models in the cultures of other parts of the world, and used them, somewhat like a smorgasbord, to pick and choose things they would like to be part of their world view. It goes hand in hand with the repudiation of the older cultural norms and the longing to make something that seemed more fair, clean and perhaps holy in the eyes of the beholder. But an end result was something that could be easily exploited by those who had other agendas besides the merging of all that was good in a culture into a matrix that everybody would enjoy. Besides the destruction of the "old truths and verities," as William Faulkner used to say, contemplate this:

Resistance to integration and assimilation into the mainstream culture is the cornerstone of the Islamist agenda as it helps in the development of closed societies within the host societies. There is no doubt that a community that allows a number of closed communities to develop in its midst loses its social cohesiveness and becomes dysfunctional. It becomes a source of discontent and dissatisfaction, breeds conflicts and lives in a perpetual state of tension.

Knowing that a marginalized and disenfranchised youth serves as a never-exhausting source for terrorism and a divided society breeds such young men, the Islamist establishment has worked diligently and scientifically to sabotage social harmony in Europe. As a first step toward achieving this objective, Muslims are convinced that they will have to insist on maintaining their “Islamic” identity, as their culture is better than the host culture. To further divide the host societies along the religious lines, Muslims are encouraged to refuse to evolve in the culture in which they live. They are being forced to recede into closed societies by refusing to integrate into the mainstream culture. (source)

At best, this "celebration of diversity" has brought cultural weakness and social disruption everywhere where it's brand of intolerant "toleration" has become the norm, destroying the old fall back positions that gave people under pressure a way to bond together in strength until the danger has passed. And now, it is playing into the hands of those who wish to bring the entire ediface of Western civilization down.

Is it too late to stem the tide?

Voices of the Submitted

"I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying it.” Oscar Van den Boogaard

"The dominant ethos,is perfectly voiced by the stupid blonde woman author with whom I recently debated. She said that it is sometimes better to let yourself be raped than to risk serious injuries while resisting. She said it is sometimes better to avoid fighting than run the risk of death. " Henryk M. Broder

Not His Fault

Many as seventy-five percent of the women in prison in Pakistan are behind bars for the crime of being a victim of rape (source). How could this unjust reality be true?

Under Islamic concepts, rape is the woman's fault, almost exclusively. The fact that the culture demands women to swath themselves in long shape destroying fabric is because Islamic culture views sexual stimulation as something that does not have to be controlled by men. If they are stimulated, it is the woman's fault. In Saudi it's reached the situation of virtual sexual apartheid. Single men cannot go to many shopping malls. One artist group in that nation wants the 1/3 of the members who are women banned, so they don't have to deal with them standing by their art displays explaining them in public.

The Mufti of Australia, Sheikh Taj al-Din al-Hilali, has gained international attention this week by saying that women are generally at fault if they are raped. Speaking to a Muslim audience in Sydney, he explained that rape (specifically, zina, sexual activity forbidden under Islamic law -- a word mistranslated in published accounts of the Sheikh’s words as “adultery”) is “90 percent the woman’s responsibility. Why? Because a woman owns the weapon of seduction. It’s she who takes off her clothes, shortens them, flirts, puts on make-up and powder and takes to the streets, God protect us, dallying. It’s she who shortens, raises and lowers. Then, it’s a look, a smile, a conversation, a greeting, a talk, a date, a meeting, a crime, then Long Bay jail. Then you get a judge, who has no mercy, and he gives you 65 years.”

Al-Hilali invoked another Islamic scholar in support of his views: “But when it comes to this disaster, who started it? In his literature, writer al-Rafee says, if I came across a rape crime, I would discipline the man and order that the woman be jailed for life. Why would you do this, Rafee? He said because if she had not left the meat uncovered, the cat wouldn’t have snatched it. If you get a kilo of meat, and you don’t put it in the fridge or in the pot or in the kitchen but you leave it on a plate in the backyard, and then you have a fight with the neighbour because his cats eat the meat, you’re crazy. Isn’t this true? If you take uncovered meat and put it on the street, on the pavement, in a garden, in a park, or in the backyard, without a cover and the cats eat it, then whose fault will it be, the cats, or the uncovered meat’s? The uncovered meat is the disaster. If the meat was covered the cats wouldn’t roam around it. If the meat is inside the fridge, they won’t get it. If the woman is in her boudoir, in her house and if she’s wearing the veil and if she shows modesty, disasters don’t happen.” (source)

Since to prosecute a man for rape, a woman needs four male witnesses, or else she is admitting to fornication and thus guilty of a crime in a number of Islamic countries, such as Pakistan, she is in a situation where if a man decides to violate her, she has no redress, becasue the legal system is designed in a way that has nothing to do with how sexual crime is committed, and denies the reality of male responsibility.

And this is the type of justice they would like to impose on the West.

(check out this blog for an example of this type of behavior in Cairo: Forsoothsayer.blogspot)

Monday, October 30, 2006


A Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (PCPSR) poll (September 14-16) showed that more than two-thirds of Palestinian Arabs (67%) oppose Hamas recognizing Israel.

Another poll, conducted by the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the PCPSR found that 57% of Palestinian Arabs support terrorist attacks upon Israeli civilians, three-quarters of Palestinian Arabs support the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers in a bid to obtain the release of jailed Palestinians terrorists and 63% are inspired by the Lebanese Islamist terror group Hizballah and seek to emulate it ( Jerusalem Post, September 26).

A poll produced by the Jerusalem Media and Communications Center (JMCC) (September 19-22) showed that nearly half of all Palestinian Arabs (48%) support suicide bombings against Israeli civilians and 59.3% support copying Hizballah’s tactics.

Yet a further poll, conducted by Center for Opinion Polls and Survey Studies at An-Najah University (September 7-9), found that 61.3% of Palestinian Arab s support terrorist attacks upon Israeli civilians and 52.5% support rocket attacks upon Israeli population centers. (source)

Kind of hard to work out any permanent peace with points of view like this. Peace requires a desire to move beyond the conflict. The best one could hope for with these attitudes is truce, which is a far different critter


(AINA) -- According to the Assyrian website, a 14 year old Christian Assyrian boy, Ayad Tariq, from Baqouba, Iraq was decapitated at his work place on October 21.

Ayad Tariq was working his 12 hour shift, maintaining an electric generator, when a group of disguised Muslim insurgents walked in at the beginning of his shift shortly after 6 a.m. and asked him for his ID.

According to another employee who witnessed the events, and who hid when he saw the insurgents approach, the insurgents questioned Ayad after seeing that his ID stated "Christian", asking if he was truly a "Christian sinner." Ayad replied "yes, I am Christian but I am not a sinner." The insurgents quickly said this is a "dirty Christian sinner!" Then they proceeded to each hold one limb, shouting "Allahu akbar! Allahu akbar!" while beheading the boy.

Translated from Arabic by AINA

Christian martyrdom - giving your all not to take out others in a war of hate that uses religion as an excuse, but to stand up and say "I follow Jesus." There is a world of difference between the two.