Iraqi Leader Disparages US Media Coverage

Iraqi Leader Disparages US Media Coverage
By Dawn Rizzoni
CNSNews.com Correspondent
November 06, 2006

(CNSNews.com) – U.S. media coverage of Iraq was so gloomy that during a recent visit to the U.S. the prime minister of Iraqi Kurdistan wondered whether the situation had deteriorated to such a degree during his absence that he should stay away.

“CNN International and [Arabic television network] al-Jazeera are equally bad in their coverage of the situation in Iraq,” Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani was quoted as telling a visiting group of Americans on Monday.

“When I was in the United States recently and read the negative news in the Washington Post, New York Times and in the network TV broadcasts, I even wondered if things had gotten so bad since I had left that I shouldn’t return,” he said.

Barzani was speaking during a meeting with a group of Americans who have lost sons during the conflict in Iraq. The group is in the country, according to the trip organizers, to learn for themselves what their loved ones died for.

The Americans also met with Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani.

“The emotional meeting lasted for an hour as the families and Barzani exchanged stories of loss at the hands of Saddam Hussein’s violent regime,” reported Joe Wierzbicki, spokesman for Move America Forward (MAF), the group that organized the visit.

Earlier Monday, the delegation met with U.S. troops stationed in northern Iraq and presented them with a “God Bless Our Troops” banner that had been signed by several hundred Americans at rallies around the nation.

Wierzbicki told Cybercast News Service that the visit had been supported solely by funds from contributors. The delegation, comprising seven family members as well as MAF representatives, arrived in Irbil on Saturday for a 10-day stay.

The trip, which organizers call “historic,” has been in the planning stages for over a year and has been kept strictly secret until now.

“For more than one year, we have worked with these Gold Star families to put this trip together,” said Wierzbicki.

“These families have suffered an awful loss, and yet, they’ve redoubled their efforts to supporting our troops and the missions they are serving in,” he added. “Now they want to bring their message to the American people, and we are doing all we can to make sure this message is heard from coast to coast.”

U.S.-led forces invaded Iraq in March 2003 to overthrow the regime of Saddam Hussein. An Iraqi court Sunday found the former leader guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to death.

Wierzbicki said the families regarded the Saddam verdict as “especially heartening since their children gave their lives to free the people of Iraq and bring an end to Iraq’s dubious role as a state sponsor of terrorism under Hussein’s brutal rule.”

On Monday, the group released comments made by delegation members.

“Justice has been served, and we are now celebrating together with the people of Iraq,” said Joseph Williams, whose son, Michael, was killed near Nasiriyah in March 2003.

Another parent, Mike Anderson, said the verdict provided additional justification for the war on terrorism.

“We are doing the right thing in Iraq, and many of the people in Iraq are trying to do the right thing in building a future free of violence and terrorism,” said Anderson, whose son, Michael Jr., died in Anbar province in December 2004.

Debra Argel Bastian, whose son Derek Argel died in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province in May 2005, agreed.

“I am so happy to see that justice has prevailed over terrorism and bloodshed,” she said. “I am so proud of the men and women of the United States military who have made this moment possible. And I honor the sacrifice my son gave to serve his country in the war against terrorism.”

‘Spitting mad’

Argel also commented on Sen. John Kerry’s controversial “stuck in Iraq” comments last week.

“I am spitting mad at John Kerry for insulting our troops,” she said. “Duck and run was [Kerry’s] specialty in Vietnam.”

Joe and Jan Johnson, who lost their son, Justin, in Baghdad in April 2004, had similar feelings about the Massachusetts Democrat’s remark.

“These were grown men we are talking about,” the couple said in a statement. “Contrary to Kerry’s belief, they made an ‘educated’ decision to join the military, most of them after 9/11, so they knew the possibilities of going to war were pretty good, and they chose to serve anyway.”

Kerry last week triggered a storm when he said during a California campaign event: “Education, if you make the most of it, you study hard, and you do your homework and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck in Iraq.”

As Cybercast News Service reported recently, the Johnsons claim in a newly released book that Kerry tried to recruit them at their son’s funeral to speak out against President Bush and the war in Iraq.

Instead, the family, whose son was good friends with Casey Sheehan, son of anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, said they support the president and the war.

“I want to be able to tell the troops that there are Americans who still believe we are doing the right thing by being here,” Joe Johnson said.

A key reason for the visit is to enable the delegation visiting Iraq to see the progress the U.S. has made there since the war began.

“The American people are shown a skewed picture of the situation in Iraq day after day by the international news media,” said MAF Chairwoman Melanie Morgan.

“We felt it was time to allow the families of U.S. troops who died in Iraq to come see the progress being made in Iraq and report it back to the American people,” Morgan noted.

“I will tell anybody who will listen the good that we have done and are currently doing,” Anderson said. “We cannot find security by turning a blind eye or thinking that ‘if we leave them alone, they’ll leave us alone.’ That’s utterly ridiculous.”

Todd Bastian, Derek Argel’s stepfather, said the delegation had been “welcomed with open arms” when they arrived in Irbil province. “There appear to be a very grateful people here for our presence,” he said.

Irbil is one of the safer areas in Iraq – something MAF says that the media fail to show. “Most provinces in Iraq are without the violence that is shown each day by the international news media,” the group said in a statement, “but for some reason only the most negative developments from Iraq are regularly reported.”

Live updates and photos of the trip, as well as biographies of delegation members, can be found at the MAF website.

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George Soros Interview On 60 Minutes

Chilling

That’s the only word for the glimpse into the mind of George Soros provided by Steve Croft of 60 Minutes in an interview broadcast last night. Steve Gilbert of Sweetness & Light does an excellent job of highlighting and commenting on a partial transcript of the interview, concerning Soros’ behavior during the Holocaust in Hungary, when he was a 14 year old Jewish boy posing as a Christian. 

KROFT: My understanding is that you went out with this protector of yours who swore that you were his adopted godson.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. Yes.

KROFT: Went out, in fact, and helped in the confiscation of property from the Jews.

Mr. SOROS: Yes. That’s right. Yes.

KROFT: I mean, that’s—that sounds like an experience that would send lots of people to the psychiatric couch for many, many years. Was it difficult?

Mr. SOROS: Not-not at all. Not at all. Maybe as a child you don’tyou don’t see the connection. But it wasit created no-no problem at all.

KROFT: No feeling of guilt?

Mr. SOROS: No.

KROFT: For example that, ‘I’m Jewish and here I am, watching these people go. I could just as easily be there. I should be there.’ None of that?

Mr. SOROS: Well, of course I c-I could be on the other side or I could be the one from whom the thing is being taken away. But there was no sense that I shouldn’t be there, because that waswell, actually, in a funny way, it’s just like in marketsthat if I weren’t thereof course, I wasn’t doing it, but somebody else wouldwouldwould be taking it away anyhow. And it was thewhether I was there or not, I was only a spectator, the property was being taken away. So the-I had no role in taking away that property. So I had no sense of guilt.

Of course most of us here are already aware of Mr. Soros’ highly questionable actions during the Nazi occupation. (Though the public at large undoubtedly has a different perspective, if they know anything about his earlier days at all.)

But the statements he made in this interview to my mind are quite chilling. He forgives himself everything. He says that if he hadn’t done it somebody else would have.

All of which would seem to indicate that Mr. Soros has no conscience. A lack of conscience is said to be a common symptom of sociopaths

Thomas Lifson   10 30 06

Update: Reader Marilyn Wolgat writes:

I knew Soros was obsessed and anti Western. This interview reveals the missing link when Soros states:

 ”And it was thewhether I was there or not, I was only a spectator”

That is the descriptor I remember from Psychology 101. The sociopath is detached from the world around him. He lacks the normal empathy. Other humans are nearly props in a play starring himself.

Normal sociopaths commit hideous murders, shoot bank tellers and party store clerks, or snipe postal workers in D.C.

Soros is what happens when a sociopath is immensely rich and has the world as his stage. This is something I had never contemplated as a possibility: that a sociopath could hold it together long enough to build a financial empire. It is not that he was corrupted by his callous mentors, but his sociopathic needs found mentors to suit. 

I had long dreamed of getting a seat next to him on a plane (as if) to try and convert him. I thought he might make a spectacular convert in the war against the Dark Side. Guess I might still try, but more likely, I would pray from a distance. He loves to destroy his perceived enemies.

Thanks for this insight,

Gaza: Suicide bomber blows herself up near IDF force

Gaza: Suicide bomber blows herself up near IDF force

 

Woman wearing explosive belt approaches Givati soldiers manning temporary checkpoint in Beit Hanoun, blows herself up. One soldier lightly injured, terrorist killed. Suicide bomber apparently affiliated with al-Quds Brigades

Hanan Greenberg

Published:  11.06.06, 16:10

 

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The suicide bomber, Marvat Masud, was affiliated with the al-Quds Brigades, Islamic Jihad’s military wing.

The incident took place at about 3:30 p.m., when the woman arrived at a temporary checkpoint set up by Givati soldiers in town. The crossing was established in the framework of efforts to apprehend wanted suspects.

IDF sources reported that the soldiers identified the suicide bomber after she approached them and raised their suspicion. The soldiers called on her to stop and remove her overcoat, at which point she activated the explosive belt.

The officials noted that the troops’ alertness prevented a large-scale attack. The soldier who was lightly injured was evacuated to the Barzilay Hospital in Ashkelon for treatment.

Beit Hanoun. Some gunmen still active (Photo: AFP)

Several incidents have taken place in Beit Hanoun throughout the day and a number of gunmen were shot by IDF forces and air force planes.

Army sources reported that some 50 terrorists had been killed since the onset of Operation Autumn Clouds in Beit Hanoun, but added that some gunmen were still operating in the area.

The suicide bombing Monday appears to be part of the terrorists’ efforts to carry put a massive attack against military forces in the region.

Morning attack

Earlier Monday IDF forces attacked a target in Jabalya, killing 17-year-old Mahmoud Ashrafi and wounding seven other Palestinians, mostly teenagers.

Palestinian sources said the IDF fired a missile from the air, while army officials claimed the attack was launched by ground forces.

The IDF said soldiers spotted a Qassam-firing cell that planned to collect launchers used in Sunday’s rocket attack on Sderot; the force proceeded to open fire at the suspects and identified a hit, according to the IDF.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the ongoing IDF operation in Beit Hanoun is expected to conclude in a number of days; army officials have expressed their satisfaction with its results, despite the fact that the Qassam attacks on the western Negev have not ceased. On Monday Palestinians in Gaza fired another Qassam rocket toward Israel; the rocket landed in an open field near Kibbutz Yad Mordechai; no injuries were reported.

The Palestinians, who refer to the operation as a “massacre,” said some 50 people have been killed so far and called on the international community to intervene. On Sunday the captors of Corporal Gilad Shalit said the operation is endangering his life.

It is estimated that an even broader IDF operation is in the cards, although it has not received cabinet approval as of yet.

Ali Waked contributed to the report

The path we’re on

 Thursday, November 02, 2006 11:41 AM ” A man does what is right no matter the consequences or who stands against him.”
                                                                                        -me

The enemies are numerous: Islamists, mutlicituralists, moral relativists, socialist, communists, homosexual advocates, ACLU, the list goes on and on. Reading a newspaper or watching television news is enough to drive a person over the edge. Everyday there appears a new enemy. Raising children and running a family becomes harder and harder when battling against the constant specious barrage that the world puts against you. “God, Country, and Family” is now considered a euphemism. The modern view has determined that God either doesn’t exist or he’s to busy with other issues to worry about us.  Country is only in ones mind, its a fascistic, capitalistic, xenophobic idea that deserves to die. Family is in the process of losing any definition or meaning whatsoever.

Islamists are advancing through propaganda, money, and violence. Multiculturalist and moral relativists are on the verge of destroying Europe and are making inwards in America. Socialists and Communists are siding with both the latter in hopes of eventually winning out. Homosexual advocates are trying to redefine normal with the help of the ACLU. There are no longer any inalienable rights given by God. All rights are mandated and controlled by man. No longer is opportunity the catalyst for advancement it is equal outcome. Everyone, no matter their education or work ethic, should have the same outcome in life. Make a bad decision, no problem. File a lawsuit and you can have what the other guy has. Does anybody else realize that this is an evil act? It doesn’t get the press of a Saddam or Ahmadinejad, but this is an everyday occurrence in the US. This is what is bringing us down internally. Why work hard when you can file suit?

This isn’t the bullet in the head it’s a cancer. Undetected, it grows slowly poisoning and disabling the body as it works it’s way towards the heart. The body realizes something is happening and it throws all kinds of inaffective self defense at it. None of it works. Refusing to truthfully recognize this cancer is allowing it to spread. This refusal will prevent the radical treatment needed  to kill it.

There is nothing in our country that couldn’t be righted by the return of the family. Father. Mother, and children. My guess is that if you wanted to find out how our country got into the ideological split, as well as the decrease in “smarts”, look no further back than when mother went to work. Tow income households sped up the economy and ripped the family apart. Divorce became acceptable and single mothers were their own community. The feminizing of the men and the growing independence of women metastasized into our problems today. Yes there are a lot of college degreed individuals running around. However, this doesn’t correlate to a smarter or better society. Children lacking a foundation become adults that get toppled in the wind.

Our society is commiting suicide. What used to make America strong has been scoffed at and put in the closet. It’s considered an embarrassment to accept ones frailties or failures and make the best you can. No longer is it honorable to raise your children with the discipline to overcome their own shortcomings and to utilize their talents. If a parent tries to prevent a child from performing the same mistakes they did it is purely hypocritical. Punishment for a wrong doing that the parent may have done as a child is considered wrong. This creates wishy-washy parents and undisciplined children with no shot to truly succeed in the world.

Honor, courage, and duty are ideas that have no place in our new world. They are relegated to old fashioned curmudgeons who spend their time living in the past. Men who fought wars in defense of America. Men and women who protested unequal treatment based on skin color or gender. These ideas are archaic and belong only in history books where they can be distorted and ridiculed.

This attitude prevails throughout our society from our schools to our athletics to our movies. Is there any wonder why CEO’s and politicians are found to be lacking in any moral character? Is there any wonder why children walk into schools and commit murder? This lack of morals and principles can be found as the basis for all of our country’s ill’s. In every situation there is a right and a wrong approach. With the growth of relativism neither approach is wrong. Bad is good and good doesn’t matter. Quite the future we leave for our children

Pressure on Pope to rebuild ties with Islam

Pressure on Pope to rebuild ties with Islam

From correspondents in IstanbulNovember 05, 2006 11:29pmArticle from: Reuters 

PRESSURE is growing on Pope Benedict XVI to use a trip to Turkey this month to rebuild badly strained ties between the Vatican and the Muslim world. Two new developments last week – a shooting incident at the Italian consulate in Istanbul and news that Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan would not meet him during his visit – have given an added edge to the visit from November 28 to December 1.The Muslim world was enraged in September when the Pope gave a lecture at a German university in which he quoted a Byzantine emperor in a passage which denounces Islam as violent.His repeated expressions of regret have failed to quell the anger in the Middle East which has also been keenly felt in politically secular but mostly Muslim Turkey.“The majority of Turkish society was very angry with his Regensburg (University) speech, but many of them will see this visit as a chance for the Pope to explain his own thoughts on Islam,” said Cemal Usak, a Muslim activist in Turkey who has long been involved in inter-religious debate.“I believe he can compensate for his faults on Islam during his visit.”On Thursday, a young Muslim Turk fired a gun in front of the Italian consulate in Istanbul to protest against the Pope’s visit and called on him to stay away.The Vatican played down the protest and the fact that Erdogan would be too busy to meet the Pontiff.“We think it (the Pope’s visit) is a good chance to develop good relations,” said Sheik Muhammad Dormuhammad, secretary general of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya, who was in Istanbul to attend a religious conference.The crisis – like controversies over Danish cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad or the death sentence for an Afghan convert to Christianity – reveals a deeper gulf between two world views that only sustained dialogue can overcome.Some even accuse Pope Benedict of undoing years of bridge-building by his predecessor.Father Francois Yakan in Istanbul, the former Byzantine Christian capital conquered by the Muslim Ottoman Turks in 1453, said the visit would open up much-needed dialogue.“The Pope’s visit will calm things a bit and improve relations between Europe and Islam,” said the patriarchal vicar of the Chaldean Catholic Church.“Don’t expect miracles here.”It will be Pope Benedict’s first visit to a Muslim country since becoming Pontiff in April 2005.“Maybe he will learn something about Islam, because the things he has said in the past are not good about Islam,”said Mohammad El Amin Nibaruta, secretary general of the Council of Religious Organisations of Burundi.“We think he doesn’t have enough information about the religion,” he said at the religious conference.peTwo weeks ago, 38 Muslim scholars sent Benedict an open letter pointing out what they said were wrong or tendentious statements about Islam made in the Regensburg speech.Turkish nationalists and Islamist activists – both suspecting the Pope’s visit was aimed at boosting non-Muslim faiths – have called for his trip to be cancelled.Even before the Pope’s latest remarks on Islam, Turks were distrustful of Benedict, who before becoming Pope said Turkey as a non-Christian country would not fit into the European Union.“The Pope will be coming at a time when relations with the West are deteriorating and Turks feel the EU doesn’t want them,” said Hasan Unal, a nationalist-minded academic at Ankara’s Bilken University.The nationalist mood has strengthened following a barrage of criticism from EU leaders of Turkey’s failure to recognise Cyprus, improve human rights and bring the revered military firmly under civilian control.The Pope’s visit will also put a spotlight on religious freedom in Turkey.His main purpose in visiting the country which spans Europe and Asia, is to meet Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based spiritual head of the world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians.

 

Columnist in Egyptian Government Newspaper: I Am Happy at the Death of American and British Soldiers in Iraq

Columnist in Egyptian Government Newspaper: I Am Happy at the Death of American and British Soldiers in Iraq

In his October 27, 2006 column in the Egyptian government evening paper Al-Masa’, Muhammad Foda wrote that he was happy to know that American and British soldiers were being killed in Iraq.

The following are excerpts from the article:

“I Am Very Happy When I Learn That an American or British Soldier Has Been Killed”

“By my nature, I cannot stand the sight of blood spilling out of a bird or an animal, not to mention of a human. My heart does not let me watch a chicken being slaughtered or a knife being waved over a lamb’s or calf’s neck on the Festival of Sacrifice. If I see a predator on television, like a lion or a tiger, chasing after a deer, I flip to another channel so as not to see the weak prey becoming a tasty meal in the claws and teeth of this beast.

“Nonetheless, I am very happy when I learn that an American or British soldier has been killed by the resistance forces in Iraq. It is true that this soldier and his family have no choice but for him to be in Iraq, so I express my condolences to the family for [the death of] a person like ourselves. However, I am happy at the downfall of the American statesmen, and especially President Bush, his vice president Cheney, and Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld, who dragged their people into this quagmire in order to murder the Iraqi people and slaughter its children and women.

“In October 2006 alone, the Americans lost 101 soldiers in Iraq… This number is relatively large in comparison with the number of dead in past months, and this proves that the Iraqi resistance is growing stronger day by day, week by week, and month by month. Thus it is developing its methods and is focusing on occupation soldiers at their posts, in their lodgings, in their training [facilities], and in their military bases.”

“We Hope That the Resistance Forces Will Focus More on ‘Hunting’ American and British Soldiers”

“We hope that the resistance forces will focus more on ‘hunting’ American and British soldiers, and in this way will harm Bush and his people, who seem to be determined to stay in Iraq at any cost – even if over 50 soldiers are killed every hour. What matters to them is the implementation of their policy, even [if this be] over the remains of their soldiers’ corpses.

“When the American President George Bush, Jr. and his English partner Blair understand that there is a high price for their forces’ remaining in Iraq, and that Iraqi soil will be a graveyard for their invading soldiers, [only] then will [they] – this bloody man and his partner who walks in his footsteps – [understand] that they are guilty before their own countries, before they are guilty before Iraq and the Iraqi people.”