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Christian Coptics In Egypt Documentary

Posted by Atilla89 on February 10, 2008

In the western world, everybody seems to believe that the two most moderate Arab countries in the Arab world (Egypt and Jordan) would actually be nice places to live. People believe that there is religious freedom and good living conditions and so on. Well there is religious freedom there but only if you are Muslim. This three part documentary follows a journalists as he investigates the Christian Coptic community in Egypt. Its a very interesting documentary and well worth your time to watch it. Watching this makes me really appreciate Sandmonkey’s posts all the more. Hat tip to LGF.


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Building The Fence and The PA’s Media Reaction To Dimona

Posted by Atilla89 on February 7, 2008

There are two issues/points that I would like to get across with this post. The first is that Israel has finally decided, as a results of the bombing in Dimona, that they are going to build a war on the Israeli-Egyptian border. More from the Jerusalem Post.

Israel will soon begin construction of a security fence along certain parts of the Israeli-Egyptian border, it was decided Wednesday in a meeting between the prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and security officials.The fence will be built in northern Nitzana and southern Eilat, regions considered to be particularly vulnerable to infiltration. Monitoring of other areas will be reinforced by additional ground forces and aerial observation measures.

I was recently in that part near southern Eilat, the views into Jordan from the mountain tops are stunning. However if you want to see what a section of the border looks like, then look below.

The fence is the border and that is an Egyptian border outpost (note the flag) in the background

The need for a fence along the open border with Egypt was highlighted recently by the breaching of the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip, which allowed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to move freely between the two territories, as well as – Israel believes – enabling many terrorists to sneak into Sinai.

The government was also looking into the option of allowing Egypt to deploy additional troops along the Gaza-Egypt border, beyond the 750 troops already there. While the Foreign Ministry was generally in favor of such a move – on certain conditions – the Defense Ministry opposed it. No decision has yet been made on the issue.

On Tuesday, government officials told the Jerusalem Post that Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, the powerful head of the Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau, believed the Egyptians currently had enough troops deployed along the border and that what was needed were not additional troops, but an increase in motivation.

On that point, I really do believe that having more Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai is really not going to do much. This is because I think the majority of them would be very easy to bribe. The photo below shows Egyptian soldiers patrolling the other side of the border.

Egyptian soldiers patrolling the border

As you can see from the two pictures above, the border isn’t exactly that secure, it would be easy for a terrorist in the dead of night to get through it. The border is long and the IDF don’t have such a big presence on it. A secure border would help do the job quite well. Now the second issue that I wanted to talk about is the PA and Dimona. Their reaction to the attack itself was disgusting, and they’re meant to be the one’s that Israel is supposed to be talking to about peace! Read the whole thing from the Jerusalem post here.

The terrorists who perpetrated Monday’s suicide bombing in Dimona were glorified in three newspapers controlled by the Palestinian Authority, including the official Al-Hayat al-Jadida which is controlled by PA President Mahmoud Abbas, Palestinian Media Watch reported Wednesday.“The perpetrators of the operation died as shahids … an Israeli was killed and eleven were wounded in the Dimona operation,” Al-Hayat al-Jadida reported on February 5.

The Palestinian dailies Al-Iyam and Al-Quds also defined the bombers as glorious martyrs, or shahids.

The Palestinian media’s description of the terrorists as shahids, granting them Islam’s highest honor, clearly contradicts Abbas’s condemnation of the terror attack.

As I was saying before, we are meant to be working with these people for peace…

According to Islam, a shahid is a person who dies a “holy death” for allah and is conceived as a hero and role model in Palestinian society, specifically for Palestinian youths.

Also described as shahids in the Palestinian media were two Palestinians who attempted to murder Israelis in Kfar Etzyon’s Makor Haim High School several weeks ago.

Although terrorists have always been defined as shahids in Palestinian society, the latest report is particularly disturbing since it demonstrates that while Israel and the PA are attempting to renew peace negotiations, the PA is continuing to honor terrorists

Should I even say it?

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Wikipedia: The Target Of Muslim Anger

Posted by Atilla89 on February 5, 2008

Supposedly there are now a lot of Muslims who are angry at the information website for publishing *gasp* images of Mohammad on his information page. So now they have decided to ban together and demand that Wikipedia stop violating their religion and remove the offending images. They’ve gone about this with an online petition that’s already gathered 84103 signatures! Here’s the article in question and here is the online petition. Hat tip to LGF

Removal of the Pics of Muhammad from Wikipedia
Target: To tell wikipedia editors to respect other peoples religion
Sponsored by: Faraz AhmadIn Islam pictures or Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and other holly figures are not allowed, but on wikipedia they has published some pictures that are showing not only a body with white face but an image that has a complete face.. that is even not allowed by SHITAT fact of Islam. I request all my brothers and sisters to sign this petition so we can tell wikipedia to remove them.

However, Wikipedia have some backbone and said:

Please note that discussion on this talk page has determined that pictures of Muhammad will not be removed from this article and any removal of the pictures without discussion here first will be reverted on sight.

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An Interview With Max Boot And A Rant With Alan Dershowitz

Posted by Atilla89 on December 8, 2007

LGF just posted an interesting video from Commentary Magazine called An Interview with Max Boot. For those that don’t know, Max Boot is a pretty much a writer and a historian who currently works as a foreign policy adviser to Senator John McCain (so he has a lot of insight and knowledge about what he is talking about). The video is about Max Boot’s ‘his recent trip to Saudi Arabia, the NIE, and the progress we’re making in Iraq.’ I’ve posted a video with Max Boot previously, where he talked about similar issues, which you can see here.

Max Boot makes some interesting points about the NIE Report in which he says that people shouldn’t put that much faith in, because (paraphrasing) that there is not enough evidence to be able to say for sure that what the NIE Report says is completely accurate. Indeed in my previous post about the NIE, which you can see here, I mentioned (according to Bolton) the 5 points to keep in mind when reading or talking about the NIE Report.

Keeping this in mind, I also want to talk about what other people think about the NIE Report, namely one of my favourite academics, Alan Dershowitz. Now he believes that the NIE Report, to put it bluntly, is a load of crap.

The tactic is obvious and well-known to all intelligence officials with an IQ above room temperature. It goes like this: There are two tracks to making nuclear weapons: One is to conduct research and develop technology directly related to military use. That is what the United States did when it developed the atomic bomb during the Manhattan Project. The second track is to develop nuclear technology for civilian use and then to use the civilian technology for military purposes.

What every intelligence agency knows is that the most difficult part of developing weapons corresponds precisely to the second track, namely civilian use. In other words, it is relatively simple to move from track 2 to track 1 in a short period of time. As Valerie Lincy and Gary Milhollin, both experts on nuclear arms control, put it in a New York Times Op Ed on December 6, 2007:

“During the past year, a period when Iran’s weapons program was supposedly halted, the government has been busy installing some 3,000 gas centrifuges at its plant at Natanz. These machines could, if operated continuously for about a year, create enough enriched uranium to provide fuel for a bomb. In addition, they have no plausible purpose in Iran’s civilian nuclear effort. All of Iran’s needs for enriched uranium for its energy programs are covered by a contract with Russia.

I just want to add something to this, considering the huge oil reserves that Iran has, why would they need additional nuclear power? The answer should be obvious to even the most dim witted person in politics. Dershowitz continues to prove my point:

“Iran is also building a heavy water reactor at its research centre at Arak. This reactor is ideal for producing plutonium for nuclear bombs, but is of little use in an energy program like Iran’s, which does not use plutonium for reactor fuel. India, Israel and Pakistan have all built similar reactors-all with the purpose of fueling nuclear weapons. And why, by the way, does Iran even want a nuclear energy program, when it is sitting on an enormous pool of oil that is now skyrocketing in value? And why is Iran developing long-range Shahab missiles, which make no military sense without nuclear warheads to put on them?

Read the rest of this at FrontPage here.

Hat tip to LGF

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Jihad Made In Britain

Posted by Atilla89 on December 7, 2007

A very interesting article here from Pajamas Media by Mary Jackson (actual article) which puts Islam into perspective in the UK. It pretty much talks about how some (possible a majority – I have no idea) Muslims refuse to assimilate into British culture, or, they assimilate by using their modern technology (mobiles [cell phone], Internet, etc) to spread their ideologies (Islamism).

Jawa Report comments by saying: “Why assimilate when the government will pay you to sit on your ass and make YouTube videos all day about how unjust and oppressive that very government is to Muslims? Think I’m wrong? Recall that even though Omar Bakri Mohammed has been barred from coming back to Britain, that his wife and kids still live in London off government welfare. It’s one thing to sit at home wearing a burka, but try to go get a job wearing one and let’s see where that gets you. Or how about starting a business wearing the attire of choice for young Islamists in the U.K., M. C. Hammer pants?”

And of course, some Muslims can be very intolerant of when they don’t get what they want… (hat tip to The Jawa Report)

British culture has been coarsened and cheapened by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. But Mary Jackson argues that Muslim rejection of English tradition and its exploitation of her society’s failings is uniquely dangerous.

Not long ago, my colleague at the New English Review observed a young Muslim woman on the London Underground:

She was wearing tight dark trousers, a trendy silver plaited belt slung about her hips, a parka with luxuriant fake fur trim pulled up over her head and a bright turquoise scarf over her face. At first glance I thought she had cut eyeholes in the scarf but on closer inspection she had folded it niqab style about her forehead and the rest hung down over her nose mouth chin and neck. The bulk of the hood held it all in place.[…]

She got out her mobile phone.

“Yeah, but, yeah, nah, I can’t breath can I? I got this thing over my face naw, innit? …Nah, I see ya later … station, innit?”

It is ironic that someone un-British enough to wear a niqab is nevertheless British enough to prattle away in Estuary-English “yoof-speak”. Then again, I have often observed Muslims adopting the least attractive aspects of modern Britain, while spurning its more admirable offerings.

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The 2nd Annual Worst Quotes From The Daily Kos (2007 Edition)

Posted by Atilla89 on December 5, 2007

I am sure that everyone reading this would know about the blog, Daily Kos; for those that don’t it is a left wing blog in America and is argueably the most influential. Just to underscore this point, “Democratic members of Congress post on the blog, Democratic presidential contenders cater to them, and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas is considered to be a mainstream figure amongst Democrats. Keep all of that in mind as you read these excerpts and quotes, all of which come from the Daily Kos writers, not from commenters on the blog.” Well, LGF has got a post by John Hawkins that shows the very worst of Daily Kos, here’s a few, now go read the rest, enjoy!

10) “I wrote a diary a short time ago about how the Bush administration helped ruin my marriage. It wasn’t because my husband was a Bush supporter or anything…it was because of all the stresses from job loses, living without health insurance and getting sick, to my husband being forced to take a job where he wasn’t home much that helped ruin my marriage.” — angrybird

9) Islamic Countries Can Suck Jesus’s Chocolate Covered C***…Meanwhile, over here in this part of never, never land, the Catholic crazies are all freaked out over a chocolate Jesus. So what????????

I just don’t get it. I’m being literal. I don’t understand what’s offensive about a chocolate Jesus. Maybe I didn’t read the part of the Bible that talks about not making graven images of the Lord in chocolate (and it’s possible, since the Bible has so many other things that are institutionally nuts I wouldn’t rule it out). Why does anyone care that it’s in chocolate?

…The other part of this so-called chocolate Jesus controversy is his c*ck. Apparently he has one. Someone hide the children. It turns out humans have d*cks. No, you don’t say.

My guess is that if Jesus actually existed he would get a good belly laugh out of people being offended that he had a penis. Yeah, don’t worry about feeding the poor or anything. Just obsess over Jesus’s chocolate covered penis. I’m sure that’s what the good Lord would have wanted.

So, is the argument that Jesus didn’t have a d*ck?” — Cenk Uygur

8) “I know I’m a Jewish lesbian and (Ahmadinejad would) probably have me killed. But still, the guy speaks some blunt truths about the Bush Administration that make me swoon…Okay, I admit it. Part of it is that he just looks cuddly. Possibly cuddly enough to turn me straight. I think he kind of looks like Kermit the Frog. Sort of. With smaller eyes. But that’s not all…

I want to be very clear. There are certainly many things about Ahmadinejad that I abhor — locking up dissidents, executing of gay folks, denying the fact of the Holocaust, potentially adding another dangerous nuclear power to the world and, in general, stifling democracy. Even still, I can’t help but be turned on by his frank rhetoric calling out the horrors of the Bush Administration and, for that matter, generations of US foreign policy preceding.” — sallykohn

I would just like add that I wish Alex Horton good luck as he has now left the U.S. Army (and Iraq). His blog, Army of Dude, is pretty much a soldiers account of the war in Iraq, it is very good and I really recommend reading it.

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Photo Essay On The Muhammad Teddy

Posted by Atilla89 on December 1, 2007

Great post from Sandmonkey here on the teddy bear in Sudan called Muhammad. The whole situation is ridiculous anyway, I mean what the hell is wrong with these people?

So, this old british teacher lady decided one day to have her kids vote on naming a Teddy Bear…

…which the kids decided to name “Mohamed”…..

Which pissed off all of those people to the point of asking for her head…

…and got her coward of a Boss to fire her ass and say he had nothing to do with her…

..and managed to get her 15 days in jail and a deportation sentencing (instead of 40 lashes mind you) , all because she asked kids to name a teddy bear… you will all forgive me when I find it kind of hard to to believe, that this Teddy bear is part of some plot to insult Islam and make Muslims look bad..

…when Muslims always manage to do such a fantastic job all on their own!

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Evil Teddy Bear of Death: The Sentence

Posted by Atilla89 on November 30, 2007

Just a quick update on the Muhammad Teddy Bear story, Gillian Gibbons who made the HUGE mistake of having her class of Sudanese students vote (shock horror) on a name for their teddy bear has now been sentenced. Check the story here.

KHARTOUM, Sudan – British teacher Gillian Gibbons has been convicted of inciting religious hatred for letting her pupils name a teddy bear Muhammad and sentenced to 15 days in prison and deportation from Sudan, one of her defense lawyers said Thursday.

“The judge found Gillian Gibbons guilty and sentenced her to 15 days jail and deportation,” said Ali Mohammed Hajab, a member of her defense team.

The director of the school employing Gibbons, however, noted that since she had already spent five days in prison, she would serve only 10 days.

It’s a very fair verdict, she could have had six months and lashes and a fine, and she only got 15 days and deportation,” said Robert Boulos of the Unity High School, adding they would not appeal the decision.

Yep, 15 days…what a great system of law you must have.

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Evil Teddy Bear of Death

Posted by gowronx2 on November 28, 2007

Recently, we learned that the fair and just legal system in Saudi Arabia feels it necessary to punish not only rapists, but their victims as well, for the shocking and unforgivable crime of being alone with another man.

But apparently, in some countries, there are even more heinous crimes than being the victim of a gang rape.

Yes, I am talking about giving innapropriate names to teddy bears.

A British schoolteacher has been arrested in Sudan accused of insulting Islam’s Prophet, after she allowed her pupils to name a teddy bear Muhammad.

Colleagues of Gillian Gibbons, 54, from Liverpool, said she made an “innocent mistake” by letting the six and seven-year-olds choose the name.

Ms Gibbons was arrested after several parents made complaints.

The school has been closed until January for fear of reprisals.

But we all know who the real human rights abuser in the region is, right? Israel!

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Annapolis Conference: A Complete Failure From The Start

Posted by Atilla89 on November 28, 2007

You know, I hate to say this, but sometimes Olmert has his good points. Yes, you read that correctly, now let me explain. Ehud (“Peace is achieved through concessions”) Olmert, has decided to get some backbone. At the start of the Annapolis conference he demanded that the Palestinians recognise Israel first and foremost as a Jewish State, something which the Palestinians, and indeed most of the Arab world have refused to do.

Breaking with his predecessors, Olmert has boldly demanded that his Palestinian bargaining partners accept Israel’s permanent existence as a Jewish state, thereby evoking a revealing response.

Unless the Palestinians recognize Israel as “a Jewish state,” Olmert announced on November 11, the Annapolis-related talks would not proceed. “I do not intend to compromise in any way over the issue of the Jewish state. This will be a condition for our recognition of a Palestinian state.”

He confirmed these points a day later, describing the “recognition of Israel as a state for the Jewish people” as the “launching point for all negotiations. We won’t have an argument with anyone in the world over the fact that Israel is a state of the Jewish people.” The Palestinian leadership, he noted, must “want to make peace with Israel as a Jewish state.”

Ok, now it shouldn’t be so hard to predict what the Arab response will be. This the reason why I believe any ‘peace agreement’ with the Arabs will NEVER work unless they modernise and reform.The Palestinian leadership responded quickly and unequivocally to Olmert’s demand:

* The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee in Nazareth unanimously called on the Palestinian Authority not to recognize Israel as a Jewish state.
* Salam Fayad, Palestinian Authority “prime minister”: “Israel can define itself as it likes, but the Palestinians will not recognize it as a Jewish state.”
* Yasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s executive committee: “This issue is not on the table; it is raised for internal [Israeli] consumption.”
* Ahmad Qurei, chief Palestinian negotiator: “This [demand] is absolutely refused.”
* Saeb Erekat, head of the PLO Negotiations Department: “The Palestinians will never acknowledge Israel’s Jewish identity. … There is no country in the world where religious and national identities are intertwined.”

Hey presto, no more conference. FrontPage goes on to show just how stupid Saeb Erekat’s statement is.

Saeb Erekat (left), head of the PLO Negotiations Department, with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Erekat’s generalization is both curious and revealing. Not only do 56 states and the PLO belong to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, but most of them, including the PLO, make the Shari‘a (Islamic law) their main or only source of legislation. Saudi Arabia even requires that every subject be a Muslim.

Further, the religious-national nexus extends well beyond Muslim countries. Argentinean law, Jeff Jacoby of the Boston Globe points out, “mandates government support for the Roman Catholic faith. Queen Elizabeth II is the supreme governor of the Church of England. In the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, the constitution proclaims Buddhism the nation’s ‘spiritual heritage.’ … ‘The prevailing religion in Greece,’ declares Section II of the Greek Constitution, ‘is that of the Eastern Orthodox Church of Christ’.”

FrontPage then concludes this little article very nicely with a statement that I wholeheartedly agree with.

Arab recognition of Israel’s Jewish nature must have top diplomatic priority. Until the Palestinians formally accept Zionism, then follow up by ceasing all their various strategies to eliminate Israel, negotiations should be halted and not restarted. Until then, there is nothing to talk about.

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