Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Reply From An Imam In London
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From a reply written by an imam in (currently Saudi-Arabia-celebrating) London:

Thank your for your Letter.

Of course, although we understand from your letter that you disliked our sticker, we cannot stop doing whatever we can to better the British society for all of us, including you, me and everyone else. This cannot be done without to change the British Culture, removing all the British Values and teaching the people the Islamic Values. We must continue to discuss and debate this issue openly, especially in light of the British Governments recent arrogant efforts to push corrupted values and enforce this "britishness" that has already caused so much corruption and trouble in this country and abroad.

If it wasn't for the man-made way of life in britain, we would never have seen such high levels of crime, rape, alcoholism, homosexuality, adultery, theft, burglary, exploitation and terrorism in the UK and the world today! Why should we put up with all of this and so much more corruption in the society? Rather we must continue to struggle and change the British way of life and introduce and teach the Islamic Values to all, so that all the people in Britain can flourish.

Abdul Ilaah
Webteam
www.alghurabaa.co.uk

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Posted on 10/30/2007 10:08 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
How AIDS Came To America
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The AIDS virus invaded the United States in about 1969 from Haiti, carried most likely by a single infected immigrant who set the stage for it to sweep the world in a tragic epidemic, scientists said on Monday.

Michael Worobey, a University of Arizona evolutionary biologist, said the 1969 U.S. entry date is earlier than some experts had believed.

The timeline laid out in the study led by Worobey indicates that HIV infections were occurring in the United States for roughly 12 years before AIDS was first recognized by scientists as a disease in 1981. Many people had died by that point.

"It is somehow chilling to know it was probably circulating for so long under our noses," Worobey said in a telephone interview.

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Posted on 10/30/2007 7:42 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
A Musical Interlude: Knees Up, Mother Brown
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at-AkK7fjP0

and for those who feel like dancing to it, but want to know how, some tuition from Adele England, mother of the Lambeth Walk:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5yO7OFNE00

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Posted on 10/30/2007 7:39 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Mosul Dam On Brink Of Failure
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On more example of the incompetence and graft plaguing the new Iraq - same as the old Iraq.

WaPo: AT THE MOSUL DAM, Iraq -- The largest dam in Iraq is in serious danger of an imminent collapse that could unleash a trillion-gallon wave of water, possibly killing thousands of people and flooding two of the largest cities in the country, according to new assessments by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and other U.S. officials.

Even in a country gripped by daily bloodshed, the possibility of a catastrophic failure of the Mosul Dam has alarmed American officials, who have concluded that it could lead to as many as 500,000 civilian deaths by drowning Mosul under 65 feet of water and parts of Baghdad under 15 feet, said Abdulkhalik Thanoon Ayoub, the dam manager. "The Mosul dam is judged to have an unacceptable annual failure probability," in the dry wording of an Army Corps of Engineers draft report.

At the same time, a U.S. reconstruction project to help shore up the dam in northern Iraq has been marred by incompetence and mismanagement, according to Iraqi officials and a report by a U.S. oversight agency to be released Tuesday. The reconstruction project, worth at least $27 million, was not intended to be a permanent solution to the dam's deficiencies.

"In terms of internal erosion potential of the foundation, Mosul Dam is the most dangerous dam in the world," the Army Corps concluded in September 2006, according to the report to be released Tuesday. "If a small problem [at] Mosul Dam occurs, failure is likely."

The effort to prevent a failure of the dam has been complicated by behind-the-scenes wrangling between Iraqi and U.S. officials over the severity of the problem and how much money should be allocated to fix it. The Army Corps has recommended building a second dam downstream as a fail-safe measure, but Iraqi officials have rejected the proposal, arguing that it is unnecessary and too expensive....

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Posted on 10/30/2007 7:18 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Another Turkish Power Grab
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In 1979, Dr. Frank Weber published a seminal study of Turkey's World War II era duplicity, entitled, "The Evasive Neutral"

Here are Weber's relevant conclusions:

...Turkey, though bound to Britain and France in mutual assistance treaty since October 1939, broke her pledge to them on numerous occasions and declared war against Germany and Italy only in February 1945, when the fighting was all but over..Turkey despite her flagrant bad faith toward the Allies, has become a member in good standing of the United Nations, a participant in NATO, and the recipient of hundreds of millions of dollars in American equipment and aid. Westerner's have tended to forget Ankara's ambiguous foreign policy during the Second World War, and, as if by international agreement, the true story of Turkey's wartime diplomacy has been left deliberately obscure, Only with the rise of Turkish demands for a federally constituted Cyprus has there been a tendency to examine the past in a harsher light...

Anthony Eden...commented [in 1944]...that Turkey would always have to be placated beyond her due to preclude an outbreak of her aggressive tendencies. "This may seem far-fetched, " he wrote, "but I know that all the Iraqis have it at the back of their minds that Turkey might well descend on the Mosul oilfields if for example we [the British] should be embroiled with the Arab world over the question of a Jewish State in Palestine."

Turkish diplomacy during the war was a brilliant accomplishment by all standards except honesty and integrity. Only thirty years later, when they invaded Cyprus, did the Turks reveal that, after all, they had been dissatisfied with what that [World War II era] diplomacy had gained for them.

From Youssef Ibrahim's column:

This would not be the first Turkish grab for hegemony in the Middle East. Turkish troops invaded Cyprus on July 15, 1974, using the pretext of defending the Turkish minority of the island against its Greek majority. They are still occupying an independent pro-Western democracy.

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Posted on 10/30/2007 7:06 AM by Andrew Bostom
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Blog critics force imam to resign at Ohio mosque
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An imam who was to become the new spiritual leader of Ohio's largest mosque resigned because of allegations by bloggers that he is anti-Semitic, he said.
Imam Ahmed Alzaree said the Web postings so poisoned the atmosphere in the community that he and his wife, Marwa, decided to look elsewhere.
"Cleveland now is a nightmare for her," Alzaree said Monday, three days before he was to start at the Islamic Center of Cleveland in suburban Parma. "It will never be a good start for me and the Jewish community."
Alzaree, 38, an Egyptian-born cleric, was to be the mosque's first permanent imam since Fawaz Damra, who was deported in January after a 1991 videotape surfaced showing him disparaging Jews and raising money for the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad.
Alzaree, who previously led a mosque in Omaha, Nebraska, said bloggers such as Central Ohioans Against Terrorism and Jihad Watch continued to attack him for a 2003 sermon in which he referenced the Hadiths, a collection of the Prophet Muhammad's sayings.
"The hour of judgment shall not happen until the Muslims fight the Jews," the sermon said in quoting a Hadith. "The Muslims shall kill the Jews to the point that the Jew shall hide behind a big rock or a tree."
Bloggers also attacked him for an appearance at the Omaha mosque by Wagdy Ghoneim, an Egyptian and former imam at the Islamic Institute of Orange County in California who was forced to leave the United States in 2005 because of immigration violations.
Ghoneim had come to the attention of the U.S. Homeland Security Department, which believed his speeches could be considered supportive of terrorist organizations.
Alzaree said it was the administration of the Omaha mosque that had invited Ghoneim to speak.
But Alzaree said bloggers had made it impossible for him to have a good beginning.
"I leave the field" to the bloggers, he said. "I have peace now." Alzaree said he will decide among a half-dozen other job offers.
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Posted on 10/30/2007 3:01 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Far from the madding word
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I finished reading Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd recently.
At the end Gabriel Oaks and the widowed Bathsheba Troy nee Everdene are walking to church for their wedding, sharing a large umbrella against the rain.
Bathsheba is described that “Repose had again incarnadined her cheeks”.
“I know that word” I thought. “And I know who used it and where”. 
Wrong. That was Mary on the word Carminative, used wrongly by Cawdrey to mean warm and flushed when it is really to do with flatulence. Presumably he meant incarnadine.
I think I will stick to saying pink.
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Posted on 10/30/2007 2:43 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Tuesday, 30 October 2007
(more) Lessons in hate found at leading mosques
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From The Times  This is nothing new but it bears the constant repetition, and is apposite after King Abdullah's ludicrous remarks.
Books calling for the beheading of lapsed Muslims, ordering women to remain indoors and forbidding interfaith marriage are being sold inside some of Britain’s leading mosques, according to research seen by The Times.
Some of the fundamentalist works were found at the bookshop in the London Central mosque in Regent’s Park, which is funded by the Saudi regime and is regularly visited by government ministers. Its director, Ahmad al-Dubayan, is also a Saudi diplomat and was among those greeting King Abdullah when he arrived in Britain last night for his official state visit. (I do hope someone points all this out to the slippery King sometime during this visit, HM is well placed to do so later today but I expect she will not)
Extremist literature, including passages supporting the stoning of adulterers and waging violent jihad, was also found on sale at many other mosques regarded as mainstream institutions.
More than 80 books and pamphlets were collected during a year-long project in which researchers visited 100 mosques across Britain.
One book, Fatawa Islamiyah, which urges the execution of apostates, was found in bookshops at Regent’s Park mosque and at the huge East London mosque in Whitechapel. Muhammad Abdul Bari, the secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB), is the chairman of the East London mosque.
About half of the books collected were in English – raising questions about the emphasis placed by the Government in combating extremism by training more English-speaking imams.
The report said: “On the one hand, the results were reassuring: in only a minority of institutions – approximately 25 per cent – was radical material found. (That’s a very big minority)
“What is more worrying is that these are among the best-funded and most dynamic institutions in Muslim Britain – some of which are held up as mainstream bodies. Many of the institutions featured here have been endowed with official recognition.”
The report called for a radical overhaul of Britain’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, which it argued has a “powerful and malign” influence over British Islam and sponsored the export of fundamentalist Islamic doctrine. (Please somebody point this out to the King, please) 
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Posted on 10/30/2007 1:38 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 29 October 2007
What the New Atheists Don?t See
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Contrary to John Derbyshire's reaction to Theodore Dalrymple's new article at City Journal, I think it is one of his best pieces. An excerpt:

The thinness of the new atheism is evident in its approach to our civilization, which until recently was religious to its core. To regret religion is, in fact, to regret our civilization and its monuments, its achievements, and its legacy. And in my own view, the absence of religious faith, provided that such faith is not murderously intolerant, can have a deleterious effect upon human character and personality. If you empty the world of purpose, make it one of brute fact alone, you empty it (for many people, at any rate) of reasons for gratitude, and a sense of gratitude is necessary for both happiness and decency. For what can soon, and all too easily, replace gratitude is a sense of entitlement. Without gratitude, it is hard to appreciate, or be satisfied with, what you have: and life will become an existential shopping spree that no product satisfies.

A few years back, the National Gallery held an exhibition of Spanish still-life paintings. One of these paintings had a physical effect on the people who sauntered in, stopping them in their tracks; some even gasped. I have never seen an image have such an impact on people. The painting, by Juan Sánchez Cotán, now hangs in the San Diego Museum of Art. It showed four fruits and vegetables, two suspended by string, forming a parabola in a gray stone window.

Even if you did not know that Sánchez Cotán was a seventeenth-century Spanish priest, you could know that the painter was religious: for this picture is a visual testimony of gratitude for the beauty of those things that sustain us. Once you have seen it, and concentrated your attention on it, you will never take the existence of the humble cabbage—or of anything else—quite so much for granted, but will see its beauty and be thankful for it. The painting is a permanent call to contemplation of the meaning of human life, and as such it arrested people who ordinarily were not, I suspect, much given to quiet contemplation.

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Posted on 10/29/2007 3:15 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 29 October 2007
Arab Americans
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After three days of networking and political speeches, Arab Americans who attended a national conference in Detroit say they went home committed to continuing their fight for constitutional rights and restoring the United States' image in the world...

The conference reflects the growing clout of the Arab-American community, which not too long ago was avoided by presidential candidates: In 1988, Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis rejected the endorsement of a major Arab-American group. This year, Democratic party leaders gave the candidates permission to address the conference despite a campaign boycott of Michigan because legislators moved up the date of the state's primary.-- from this news article

They are confusing, and have been led to confuse, the ethnic designation of "Arab" (or, in the case of many Maronites and Copts, the forcible identification with "Uruba" or "Arabness" that does not correspond to the truth: Copts were in Egypt, and Maronites in Lebanon, before the Arabs arrived, with their gift of Islam and of the Arabic language, both imposed on a great many Copts, a great many Maronites) with the more important matter -- that of Islam, that is of identifying oneself as a Muslim with all that that necessarily means or certainly implies, including an acceptance of everything written in the Qur'an (9.29 and a hundred other Jihad verses) as the immutable Word of God. No Muslim in the advanced West can claim ignorance of the contents of the Qur'an, of the Hadith, of the Sira -- not in the way that an illiterate villager in a mountain valley in Afghanistan might be able to claim it.

Those who express such diseased sympathy ought rather to express sympathy for those who, in the case of many Lebanese-Americans, having ancestors who came not as "Arabs" (their Ottoman-Empire passports often read "Siriano" or "Turco") but rather as "Christians" who also happened to speak Arabic, use Arabic, even have Arab names, but were not Arabs, and whose organization of Arab-Americans has been successfully taken over by Muslim Arabs and collaborating islamochristians of the zogby variety, eager to exploit the good reputation of Lebanese-Americans and Coptic-Americans for their own purposes, which purposes means the agenda of promoting, and protecting, and deflecting all criticism from, Islam, Islam, Islam.

That is what it is all about. Richardson, Kucinich and Paul either know this and do not care, or do not know it, in which case they have been grossly negligent. They deserve, on this basis alone, to be opposed. It is clear that their opposition to the Iraq War is for the wrong reasons. They oppose it not because it squanders American resources, not because it attempts to attain an unattainable goal, not because the goal sought to be attained makes no sense from the Infidel point of view, but because they are perfectly willing to refuse to recognize the threat of Jihad, and the instruments of Jihad other than terrorism. Bush's continuing obstinate folly in Iraq simply gives such people a temporary plausibility that they haven't earned and do not deserve.

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Posted on 10/29/2007 2:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 October 2007
Diversity Day On Campus
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"unites this unique and diverse group.."
-- more from Kurt Nelson's handout

Note that "diverse." "Diverse" is good. Diversity Day. Diverseness everywhere you look. Always good. But here it has another purpose. It is the "don't you dare say anything about Islam because"

1) Islam is not "monolithic"
Or, expressed otherwise:
2) Muslims are diverse.

What this means is that some Muslim men wear the Central Asian tubeteika and choban, and others wear business suits in Dearborn, and some women wear the kalwar shameez, and others a burqa, and others go the full-fledged route, burqaed and niqabbed, while still others merely the scarf or hijab.

But this misses the point. The same Qur'an, with the same passages, the same Hadith (that is, the same "authentic" Hadith in the collections of the most "authoritative" muhaddithin, such as Bukhari and Muslim), the same Sira with the same examples of Muhammad's behavior, Muhammad who is the Perfect Model of Conduct, uswa hasana, and the Perfect Man, al-insan al-kamil.

In that respect there is no difference. There is no "European" Islam, no "American" Islam. The texts and the tenets remain the same. Superficial differences having to do with food and clothing are not enough to make Islam -- as opposed to Muslims -- "diverse." It is not surprising that this would escape the attention or be beyond the wit of Kurt Nelson and those who have an unshakable vested interest in Interfaith Feelgood as a substitute for study and thought.

But imagine if students at Dartmouth took the same tack, and offered the same unexamined and baseless and confused notions of what they should believe, as the same substitute for study and thought, in their classes on physics or history or anything else, for that matter. Those who long ago endowed the Tucker Foundation would, one suspects, not be happy with how it is presently being run, and for what purposes, and with what assumptions, the assumption for example that ideas don't really matter, ideologies don't matter, and we are not to inquire into them too deeply, but merely assume, with the Higher Bomfoggery (Brotherhood of Man, Fatherhood of God) that Everyone The Whole World Over Wants The Very Same Thing, and we are all God's chillun', and why oh why can't we get along, and we would get along, wouldn't we, if only those sinister people insisting that we study just a bit before parroting a prefabricated worldview would just shut up, just go away. Not exactly what campuses are supposed to be for: the active discouragement of thought. But that's it. That's the way it is, and not only being spouted by self-preening sinecure-holders at Dartmouth -- see Scott Appleby, Defender of Tariq Ramadan, see the scandalous destruction of Islamic studies at Columbia, where Arthur Jeffrey and then Joseph Schacht once walked the halls. See See See.

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Posted on 10/29/2007 2:25 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 October 2007
Porter Wagoner, Rest in Peace
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Green, Green Grass Of Home

I'll Fly Away (Live with the Willis Brothers)

Holdin' On To Nothin' (Duet with Dolly Parton)

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Posted on 10/29/2007 2:14 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 29 October 2007
Gush. Sinister Gush.
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"West Bank Story: A musical comedy about competing Hummus restaurants in the West Bank. A must see."
-- from Kurt Nelson's missive to "the Dartmouth community."

Imagine you are Jacques Barzun. Imagine you are trying to explain what is wrong with the American university today, as part of a a newchapter to be appended to a re-issue of "Teacher in America."

You could do worse -- could you do better? -- than start with the sinister sentimentality -- captured in that repeated word "folks" -- of Kurt Nelson, and of his treacly reductionism, including that "West Bank Story" which he so highly recommends as a "must see" in which one learns nothing of what prompts the Lesser Jihad against Israel, but the viewing of which is, no doubt, a lot less taxing than becoming familiar with Qur'an and Hadith and Sira, or for that matter with the Hamas or PLO Charters, or a thousand relevant documents, including the League of Nations' Mandate for Palestine and such works as "Islam and Dhimmitude." No, stick with the tragicomic tale of "competing Hummus restaurants in the West Bank." According to Kurt Nelson, it's a "must see" -- for all the "folks" in what is not merely an institution of higher learning, but rather a "community."

Gush. Gush with a purpose. Sinister gush.

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Posted on 10/29/2007 2:05 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 October 2007
Translation
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Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has accused Britain of not doing enough to fight international terrorism, which he says could take 20 or 30 years to beat.

He was speaking in a BBC interview ahead of a state visit to the UK - the first by a Saudi monarch for 20 years.

He also said Britain failed to act on information passed by the Saudis which might have averted terrorist attacks. --from this news item

By this "failure" King Abdullah means two things:

He means that Saudis opposed to the Al-Saud family and its courtiers are allowed to live in Great Britain and have not been returned to Saudi Arabia for "re-education" or sent elsewhere in the Middle East where it may be harder to conduct their campaigns of propaganda.

And he also means that by failing to give the Arabs what they want elsewhere, by not agreeing to completely throw Israel to the wolves, Great Britain is not doing what it should to "fight international terrorism."

He does not mean that the political elite in Great Britain has not sufficiently studied Qur'an, Hadith, and Sira. He does not mean that the British have admitted too many Muslims into their midst. He does not mean that they have failed to tell him to stop funding mosques and madrasas and Western hirelings all over the Infidel lands. He means: give us what we, the Arab Muslims, demand so that the "appeal" of "terrorism" will diminish (and somehow the doctrine of jihad, that has no sell-by date, will disappear at the same time), and furthermore, give us, the Saudi ruling family, all those who currently operate and plot against us from their flats off the Edgeware Road.

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Posted on 10/29/2007 1:55 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 October 2007
Less Mother Teresa, More Halford Mackinder
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"As word of the Darfur genocide was first spreading, U.S. ambassador John Danforth was in Khartoum putting the finishing touches on a North-South peace deal. This peace deal could have been better enforced on both sides, but so far, it has held. It would be best for everyone in Sudan to keep the peace."
-- from a reader, who is horrified by the idea of a small American force quickly destroying Sudan's airforce and holding Darfur and the southern Sudan until a referendum on independence can be held

No, you are wrong. The "peace treaty" in the south has not, as you put it, "held." The Khartoum government never intended to honor it, and it has not. In the last six months that government has violated that agreement, and its many violations are known to members of Air Force intelligence monitoring the southern Sudan. That this has not been reported in The Times means nothing.

Your comment about the anti-black remarks of the Janjaweed shows you missed my point. For those comments do not show that Islam is irrelevant here; they show perfectly that Islam is a vehicle for Arab supremacism, and that Arab Muslims will, whenever they feel like it, seize the lands or otherwise oppress -- culturally, linguistically in the case of the Berbers of Algeria -- non-Arab Muslims. Who do you think killed the Kurds in Iraq? Who do you think punished the Berbers (until recently) even for speaking the Berber language? And shouldn't the behavior of the Arab government in Khartoum, and the Arab regimes that are openly or secretly backing it, and Osama Bin Laden who attacks the Khartoum regime now, not for supporting the Janjaweed, but for appearing to yield, however cosmetic that yielding may be, to some outside pressure?

Finally, you make an idiotic remark about my being an agent of Osama bin Laden because he sees Sudan as a place where Islam and the Infidels are clashing, and so do I. And he also thinks that Islam teaches Muslims to remove all barriers to Islam, and to work for the spread of Islam, the rightful dominance of Islam and Muslims, everywhere. And if I -- or Robert Spencer, or Senor Fulano de Tal -- agree that Islam does indeed teach "Muslims to remove all barriers to Islam, and to work for the spread...and rightful dominance of Islam and Muslims," are we then "agents" of Bin Laden?

Several readers object to what they see as support for "humanitarian" intervention to save Muslims from other Muslims. They are missing the point. The Muslims being saved are, potentially, those who might be willing to abandon Islam, and the main reason for an Expeditionary Field Force (shades of Suakin) is to put a stop to the Muslim conquest of Sudan, south and west, and a further thrust southward. More Halford Mackinder than Mother Teresa, though in this case they may be considered to be usefully coupled. Geopolitics makes strange bedfellows.

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Posted on 10/29/2007 10:07 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 October 2007
Bombers see families for last time
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Also from the Australian
FAMILY members of the death-row Bali bombers have made an emotional final visit to Indonesia's highest-security jail ahead of the trio's imminent execution.
Ustad Hasyim Abdullah, principal of the al-Mukmin Islamic school in Solo, central Java, where the bombers learned their hard-line ideology, called the meeting "cheerful and happy".
He said that Amrozi bin Nurhasyim, Imam Samudra and Ali Ghufron, alias Mukhlas, who were all sentenced to death for the 2002 nightclub bombing, were not willing to beg for presidential clemency, since they did not believe they had committed any wrong.
Their wives, mothers and children, who spent several hours with the three on the southern Java prison island of Nusakambangan yesterday, had "no problem with the executions - they have accepted this, it is part of the struggle", he said.
The only thing that could prevent their deaths now is President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's interpretation of a ruling due today on the death sentences on members of the Bali Nine heroin-smuggling gang. The trio have brought a case in the Constitutional Court, widely regarded as being far more accountable and impartial than the Supreme Court that sentenced members of the group to death for trying to import almost 10kg of heroin to Sydney from Bali.
Although the higher court has been restricted to considering the question of applying the death penalty in narcotics cases, the political implications of its decision will stretch immediately to the three Bali bombers.
Facing direct election at general polls in 2009, Dr Yudhoyono and his advisers know the fierce backlash that would flow from Indonesia's Muslim heartland if the three Islamist fanatics were killed shortly after a ruling that effectively saved the lives of the six young death-row Australians.  
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Posted on 10/29/2007 9:39 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 29 October 2007
AUSTRALIA faces a "London-type bombing"
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AUSTRALIA faces a "London-type bombing" if relations between Muslims and the intelligence and police authorities do not improve, an influential Islamic youth leader has warned.
Fadi Rahman, who runs one of Sydney's biggest youth centres at Lidcombe in the city's west, said overseas Islamic elements were attempting to radicalise Muslim youth with their hardline ideologies.
But in a warning that will resonate with Australian authorities, Mr Rahman said Muslims did not trust ASIO or the Australian Federal Police and that the bungled terror case against Gold Coast doctor Mohamed Haneef had worsened the situation. "The biggest problem ASIO and the federal police have is that no one in the Islamic community trusts them enough to give them a heads-up about anything," Mr Rahman told The Australian. Look at the Haneef thing - why would we trust these guys when all you see is one fumble after another? People are afraid."
Dr Haneef, an Indian national, was detained in July on suspicion of having played a role in the foiled terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow, but the case fell apart after a series of prosecution mistakes.
He said the typical recruiter was in their 40s or 50s, "from overseas, well-educated and tapping into young people's frustrations and anger. I think we are very similar to London," he said. "There are these individuals from overseas who are basically in their mid-life who have these ideologies and because of the animosity they have experienced in their own countries have deep hatred of the Western world. It's very easy to tap into the mind of someone who has a low education level, unemployment and who has basically given up on life. (The perpetrators of the Glasgow Airport attempt, including Dr Haneef’s family were qualified doctors, the London bombers included a classroom assistant and the son of a businessman – no low educational level there) The right ingredients are there. We need to do something or what happened in London, a London-type bombing, will happen here."
The "something" includes programs to give opportunities to Muslim youth and a "less hostile" attitude by the federal Government. Mr Rahman said the Government was spending too much on campaigns directed at people who did not know what was going on - such as the Be Alert, Not Alarmed campaign - but not enough in communities such as southwestern Sydney, where about 250,000 Muslims live. "It's not like it will be John Smith on the north shore of Sydney who will have information, it will be Mohammed or Ahmed out here," he says.
Mr Rahman brokered a deal with IBM last week under which the computer company will mentor 10 youths from the centre and offer three traineeships. Gimmee, gimmee.
Mr Rahman said this sort of support gave the young people and their families and friends hope. In the aftermath of the Cronulla race riots in Sydney in 2005 there was progress between Muslim and non-Muslim communities, but since then "things have taken a nasty turn".
"The blame game" of all Muslims being blamed for terrorism "will only put people offside", he said. "When the shit hits the fan we will all be covered with it. It's just a matter of time before someone says I've had enough. Unless something is done and attitudes change something will happen. We haven't learnt our lesson post-September 11, the Bali bombings, the Cronulla riots and the London bombings. There's deep-seated hatred on both sides. When young Muslims go into other areas they go in with force”.
I am never sure whether these sorts of “warnings” are a promise or a threat. I do know that were someone to say “Londoners are angry, many have left London because it is not a comfortable place for them. Give us better facilities, transport, health care and respect or there will be violence” we wouldn’t be given the facilities. We would be charged with blackmail and threats to kill. 
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Posted on 10/29/2007 9:35 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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Monday, 29 October 2007
A Cinematic Interlude: Sordi Fa L'Americano (Italian only)
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Posted on 10/29/2007 9:30 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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Monday, 29 October 2007
The War: Plan B, Part 1
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If the administration could only see that the best way to save face while withdrawing from Iraq would be to send some troops to save the southern Sudanese Christians and their nominal Muslim brethren in Darfur from Muslim aggression, we could change the equation in the overall war radically. Our policy should be focused on stopping Islamization period. Bringing democracy to Muslim countries only serves to exacerbate the problem. It's long past time to institute plan B.

WaPo: In April 2006, a small group of Darfur activists -- including evangelical Christians, the representative of a Jewish group and a former Sudanese slave -- was ushered into the Roosevelt Room at the for a private meeting with . It was the eve of a major rally on the , and the president spent more than an hour holding forth, displaying a kind of passion that has led some in the White House to dub him the " desk officer."

Bush insisted there must be consequences for rape and murder, and he called for international troops on the ground to protect innocent Darfuris, according to contemporaneous notes by one of those present. He spoke of "bringing justice" to the , the Arab militias that have participated in atrocities that the president has repeatedly described as nothing less than "genocide."

"He had an understanding of the issue that went beyond simply responding to a briefing that had been given," said David Rubenstein, a participant who was then executive director of the Save Darfur Coalition, which has been sharply critical of the administration's response to the crisis. "He knew more facts than I expected him to know, and he had a broader political perspective than I expected him to have."

Yet a year and a half later, the situation on the ground in is little changed: More than 2 million displaced Darfuris, including hundreds of thousands in camps, have been unable to return to their homes. The perpetrators of the worst atrocities remain unpunished. Despite a renewed push, the international peacekeeping troops that Bush has long been seeking have yet to materialize...

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Posted on 10/29/2007 8:13 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 29 October 2007
A Musical Interlude: Tu Vuo' Fa' L'Americano
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Posted on 10/29/2007 7:38 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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