Posted by Atilla89 on August 29, 2009
I’ve recently started writing articles on a very small university paper under the heading of ‘International News’. Since I very rarely actually write anything here, I will start putting these up on the blog for you all to read.
It is common knowledge that every country around the world has its own set of problems. Some have big and serious problems such as Afghanistan, while others like Australia are quite well off. However, in late June in Toronto, Canada 180 protesters from “Queers Against Israeli Apartheid” (http://queersagainstapartheid.org/) marched in an attempt to “reignite Toronto’s queer community in the fight against apartheid”. Israel has many problems, some relating to security, others relating to the issue of the Palestinians. Naming your group Queers Against Israeli Apartheid draws attention to the dirty little secret in the Middle East, that is homosexuals are not welcome there. Except for Israel that it. The protest group echoes another similarly ridiculously named group, Queers for Palestine. Both groups ignore the fact that Israel is the most liberal country in the Middle East allowing anyone almost anyone who is prosecuted to find shelter within its borders. There is a reason why the Baha’I faith decided to move the remains of Bab from Iran to Haifa and it wasn’t for the view.
Some people on the fringe of both sides of politics will believe anything that you tell them about Israel or Jews. If you needed more evidence of blatant lies being printed about Israel look no further then the claim being put forward by the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that Israeli soldiers kidnap Palestinians to steal their organs and sell them in the black market. Did I mention that Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt refused to apologise to Israel for this disgusting report. I think Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman got it right when he said “It is regrettable that the Swedish foreign ministry does not intervene when it comes to a blood libel against Jews, which reminds one of Sweden’s conduct during World War II when it also did not intervene.” It is these sorts of allegations and lies that regularly rise up around the world which then must be combated in the media as well as at university campuses.
Posted in Antisemitism, Arabs, Europe, Islamism, Israel, Jews, Middle-East, Uni | 1 Comment »
Posted by Atilla89 on August 3, 2008
There we have it, Ahmadinejad is trying to further develop a pretext for striking out against his enemies, namely Israel and America.
“For them, subjects like the nuclear issue are pretexts. The key reason for the hostility of the enemies in the past 30 years against Iran is that they want us to pull back so that they can say we have given in,” President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on state television on Friday. “But the Iranian people will resist with force against the enemies.”
Of course this is nothing new as Ahmadinejad already believes that this pretext was realised in 1979 with the imposition of sanctions and their renewal in 1995 and 2006.
The comments came as the United States set a weekend deadline for Iran to respond to an international offer to freeze its nuclear drive. “We want and we expect a response this weekend,” US State Department acting spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.
But a European Union diplomat said in Brussels that the EU was in no rush for a response from Iran.
“There’s no real limit,” said the diplomat, on condition of anonymity, after Washington set the deadline.
And now you have just seen how seriously the EU is taking this threat. It all starts to make sense why they are fine with pathetic sanctions and furthering deadlines. It also reveals the double standards that take place in these types of organisations, imagine for a moment if Israel or even America stated their intention to wipe out a democratic country within the UN? There would be an absolute outcry across the the entire world. Resolutions would be coming thick and fast from the UN with tough sanctions not far behind.
Posted in EU, Europe, Iran, Israel, Middle-East, Military, UN, US | 1 Comment »
Posted by Atilla89 on July 11, 2008
Hezbollah’s done it, now their masters want a piece of the action as well. Iran has decided to visually alter a missile test photo.
The Photoshopped version for comparison:
Photos curtesy of LGF.
“There’s no doubt the photo was doctored,” said Mark Fitzpatrick, director of the Non-Proliferation Program for the London-based International Institute For Strategic Studies. The image, posted yesterday on a website owned by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, showed four missiles moments after launch, leaving trails of glowing exhaust and clouds of billowing brown dust. The scene was described as part of military maneuvers in which nine missiles were test fired, including an enhanced version of the Shahab-3.
The most obvious reason, of course is that there was a misfire, something that most men try to cover up and not talk about.
There was no immediate comment from Iranian government officials on the photos. “The whole purpose of these launches was to demonstrate Iran’s capabilities and a photo showing one out of four rockets failing doesn’t have the intended impact,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.
Of course there is always consequences for such a failure to impress.
Total, the French energy group, said that it was freezing its role in a $US10 billion project to develop the South Pars fields in the Gulf, the world’s largest gas reserves. The decision was a big step in a US campaign to put pressure on Iran to stop enriching uranium.
Dr Rice, who was speaking in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, said that Iran’s missile tests justified US plans for an anti-missile shield with bases in Eastern Europe. Russia is strongly opposed to the plan.
However, maybe protection might not be needed against such a pathetic attempt to make an impact.
Posted in Europe, Hizbullah, Iran, Israel, Middle-East, Military, War | 4 Comments »
Posted by Atilla89 on April 28, 2008
Firstly, I had a really great Pesach Seder, lots of people. I got a present from my aunt, a book called Tobruk by Peter Fitzsimons which I will start reading as soon as I get the chance. In the meantime, here’s a nice piece from Bruce Bawer detailing how the West has surrended culturally to Islamism. The paper talks about how the West’s media, acedemia and artists have betrayed their ideals (namely freedom of speech) to kowtow to Islamism. The byline of this article is Motivated by fear and multiculturalism, too many Westerners are acquiescing to creeping sharia. Hat tip to LGF for this one. Here’s the link to the article.
Enough. We need to recognize that the cultural jihadists hate our freedoms because those freedoms defy sharia, which they’re determined to impose on us. So far, they have been far less successful at rolling back freedom of speech and other liberties in the U.S. than in Europe, thanks in no small part to the First Amendment. Yet America is proving increasingly susceptible to their pressures.
The key question for Westerners is: Do we love our freedoms as much as they hate them? Many free people, alas, have become so accustomed to freedom, and to the comfortable position of not having to stand up for it, that they’re incapable of defending it when it’s imperiled—or even, in many cases, of recognizing that it is imperiled. As for Muslims living in the West, surveys suggest that many of them, though not actively involved in jihad, are prepared to look on passively—and some, approvingly—while their coreligionists drag the Western world into the House of Submission.
But we certainly can’t expect them to take a stand for liberty if we don’t stand up for it ourselves.
Actually after reading this, I sometimes wonder if in Australia we should have a Bill of Rights as well in order to further cement our ideals and values to stop Islamists or some other group trying to censor what we say. If anyone here has an opinion on this feel welcome to share it in the comments section.
Posted in Australian Politics, Europe, Islam, Islamism, Religion, Terrorism, U.S. Politics | Leave a Comment »
Posted by Atilla89 on March 10, 2008
This guy, Pat Condell makes some very, very interesting points in his new video. I wouldn’t say that I would agree with him 100%, but 95% of it is definitely speaking to me. This line, in relation to Europe, is definitely one of his best “freedom was handed to us… is not ours to give it away…” Hat tip to LGF.
Posted in Europe, Islam, Islamism | 1 Comment »