Iranians parade captured navy woman in a hijab

Iranians parade captured navy woman in a hijab

By MICHAEL SEAMARK & KIRSTY WALKER – More by this author » Last updated at 00:09am on 29th March 2007Comments Comments (42)

Kidnapped British servicewoman Faye Turney was forced to cover her head with an Islamic hijab in the first video released by Iran since she and 14 comrades were seized last week.VIDEO: Watch the footage from Iranian TV here

TurneyFaye Turney and the other British marines held captive as they appeared on state Iranian TV. Faye, who describes her captors as ‘compassionate’ has apologised for entering Iran’s waters

Hours after Tony Blair vowed to ‘ratchet up’ the pressure by freezing official business with Tehran, it responded with a stage-managed broadcast described by one senior politician as ‘totally repugnant’.

Pictures showing some of the 15 sailors and Marines – apparently well and eating a meal – provided brief reassurance for their worried families.

But the video footage on state TV of Tehran parading its captives inflamed the worsening crisis – and led to demands for decisive action from the Foreign Office.

Despite world-wide pressure to act, however, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett went no further than to say she was ‘very concerned’ about any indication that the captives had suffered pressure or coercion.

Mrs Turney, 25-year-old mother of a girl aged three, was singled out by the cameras in the first glimpse of the hostages since they were seized by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards six days ago. Tehran had earlier claimed it was ready to release the sea survival expert ‘very soon’, but she showed clear signs of strain.

Turney letterExtract from Faye’s letter telling her family not to ‘worry’ about her and that she is ‘staying strong’

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Words she was forced to write and speak for Tehran TV, apparently confessing that the Britons had ‘trespassed’ into Iranian waters, spoke of being well treated by her ‘compassionate’ captors.

But the harrowing footage of Mrs Turney, whose husband Adam and daughter Molly wait anxiously at their family home in Plymouth, told a different story.

Gone was the fresh-faced, enthusiastic young sailor filmed by the BBC on HMS Cornwall only hours before the British forces were captured at the mouth of the Shatt-al-Arab waterway.

She was evidently traumatised – at one point seen nervously sucking on a cigarette – in footage which the Foreign Office described as ‘completely unacceptable’ and British diplomats said was a clear breach of the Geneva Convention.

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In the broadcast Mrs Turney, filmed in front of brightly-coloured curtains, is heard saying: ‘My name is Leading Seaman Faye Turney. I come from England. I serve on Foxtrot Nine Nine. I have been in the Navy nine years. I live in England.

‘I was arrested on Friday March 23. Obviously we trespassed into their waters.

‘They were very friendly and very hospitable, very thoughtful, good people.

‘They explained to us why we had been arrested. There was no aggression, no hurt, no harm. They were very, very compassionate.’

A letter allegedly handwritten by Mrs Turney and addressed to ‘Dear Mum and Dad’, says: ‘We were out in the boats when we were arrested by Iranian forces as we had apparently gone into Iranian waters. I wish we hadn’t because then I would be home with you all right now.’

She continues: ‘I have written a letter to the Iranian people to apologise for us entering into their waters. Please don’t worry about me. I’m staying strong. Hopefully it won’t be long till I’m home to get ready for Molly’s birthday party and with a present from the Iranian people.’

She ends: ‘Look after everyone for me, especially Adam and Molly, I love you all more than you will ever know.’

Leading Seaman Turney Leading Seaman Faye Turney, who was one of the sailors captured, is being kept separately from the other hostages

Not all the 15 captured sailors and Marines were shown during the brief broadcast. Only two other captives have been publicly identified, Marines Danny Masterton, 22, from Muirkirk, Ayrshire, and Paul Barton, 21, from Southport.

Condemnation of the broadcast was immediate. Defence Secretary Des Browne said: ‘It is totally unacceptable to parade our people in this way.’

Tory former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind said the pictures were ‘totally repugnant’. He said: ‘This is a PR exercise. If they believed in their own propaganda, they would release all of our personnel.

‘We need to make clear there will be no concessions and they will suffer harsher penalties unless our personnel are handed over.’

MarinesWar zone: British marines patrolling aboard an inflatable off Basra

Mrs Turney’s husband declined to respond to the Iranian pictures but a friend, Kim Slater, 49, said: ‘It is a very shocking film. She looked very uncomfortable with what she was saying. There is something not right in her eyes. I am sure she has been forced to do that and say those things.’

The dangerous game of brinkmanship at a time of world tension over Iran’s nuclear programme moved to a new level when Ministry of Defence officials told how the Iranians had launched an ‘unprovoked, unprecedented and improper’ attack last Friday.

They published detailed evidence of how heavily-armed Iranian gunships had ‘ambushed’ the British personnel while they were patrolling in Iraqi waters.

Defence chiefs also released satellite pictures and graphics which prove the British boats were well within Iraq waters – despite Iranian claims that they had strayed into their territory.

The data shows that the Navy personnel were 1.7 nautical miles inside the Iraqi part of the Shatt al Arab waterway, which forms a boundary between the countries.

The Ministry of Defence said it ‘unambiguously contested’ claims from Tehran that the UK vessel was in their waters.

Deputy chief of the defence staff Vice Admiral Charles Style said their detention at gunpoint was ‘unjustified and wrong’.

He said the British personnel had carried out an ‘entirely routine’ boarding of an Indian dhow carrying a suspicious cargo of cars off the coast of Iraq.

The ship’s co-ordinates had been confirmed by the Iraqi foreign minister and verified by the Indian vessel’s captain. They confirmed the ship was inside Iraqi waters.

The Vice Admiral also disclosed that the Iranians had changed their account of where the incident had taken place after it was pointed out that the first set of co-ordinates they gave were in Iraqi waters. The Prime Minister, who spoke to George Bush yesterday about the growing crisis, told MPs: ‘It is now time to ratchet up the diplomatic and international pressure in order to make sure the Iranian government understands their total isolation on this issue.’

He also defended the boarding party’s ‘entirely sensible’ decision not to fight back against their captors, as they were heavily outnumbered and it would have led to ‘severe loss of life’.

However the decision is being angrily criticised around the world, particularly in the U.S., with talk of ‘timidity’ and ‘ impotence’ in the face of Iran’s aggression.

One irate critic declared Britain had ‘covered itself with shame’ for failing to show a more aggressive response to Iran.

In a New York newspaper article, military historian Arthur Herman claimed: ‘The escorting ship HMS Cornwall could have blown the Iranian naval vessel out of the water.’ One reader wrote: ‘The United Kingdom is acting like the French. Say what you want about President Bush, but I bet the Iranian madmen are not mad enough to try this on our Navy.’

Left spews deadly venom over Tony Snow’s cancer

Left spews deadly venom over Tony Snow’s cancer
‘He is pure lying scum and should die ASAP!’


Posted: March 28, 2007
4:07 a.m. Eastern

By Joe Kovacs
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=54911

Moments after White House Press Secretary Tony Snow’s new personal battle against cancer became public yesterday, a vicious assault was launched at left-leaning websites, with some message posters hoping for a swift death for the presidential spokesman.

“Under the heading of ‘What goes around comes around’, the cancer in Tony Snow is removing the cancer of Tony Snow from the national scene,” wrote TDoff on the D.C. gossip site Wonkette.com.

Omnilation wrote, “Dear Tony, I hate you. -God.”

A contributor called homofascist stated, “It is a bitch that I wouldn’t wish upon even a smarmy, evil f—face liar like Snow. Because really, isn’t he OUR smarmy, evil f—face liar?”

Some readers at HuffingtonPost.com reportedly said:

  • “Sure holding all that bulls**t in your gut would make anybody sick..!”
  • “The growth in his abdomen is his head stuck up his a**. F**k him!! He is pure lying scum and should die ASAP!!” Beccawalton was among those calling for end to the venom-spewing:

    “Stop these mean-spirited and hypocritical posts. Just because you don’t like his politics (and I don’t, either), don’t revel in this. It’s inhuman and cruel. I’m not going to waste space to prove my liberal cred, just stop it!”

    And PghLori noted:

    “There are freakin’ idiots on both sides of the political divide, and here you’re looking at the lib side. Aside from the fact that it is just ignorant to make jokes about cancer, it’s also self-defeating, as [Rush] Limbaugh, [Sean] Hannity, etc. will refer to these postings as examples of hate-filled libs, just as they did with the Cheney board postings. Thanks a lot folks.”

    In fact, the verbal attack on Snow came exactly one month after a similar onslaught against Vice President Dick Cheney who survived an assassination attempt in Afghanistan.

    An example from the HuffingtonPost on Feb. 27 included:

    “Jesus Christ and General Jackson too, can’t the Taliban do anything right? They must know we would be so gratefull (sic) to them for such a remarkable achievement.”

    The HuffingtonPost is run by Arianna Huffington, who has described herself as “a former right-winger who has evolved into a compassionate and progressive populist.”

    A disclaimer on her site above the remarks about Tony Snow states “these comments are the personal opinions of the individuals posting them and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Huffington Post. We do not generate, solicit, or moderate user comments, but reserve the right to remove postings as we see fit.”

    Snow, 51, had his colon removed in 2005 and underwent six months of chemotherapy. Colleagues said his cancer has returned and spread to his liver and elsewhere, and that Snow told them he planned to fight the disease and return to his position.

    “He is not going to let this whip him, and he’s upbeat,” President Bush said. “And so my message to Tony is, ‘Stay strong; a lot of people love you and care for you and will pray for you.'”

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    Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border

    Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border

    So says the Russian News & Information Agency Novosti (thanks to Davida):

    MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by U.S. Armed Forces near Iran’s borders, a high-ranking security source said Tuesday.”The latest military intelligence data point to heightened U.S. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran,” the official said, adding that the Pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.

    He said the Pentagon is looking for a way to deliver a strike against Iran “that would enable the Americans to bring the country to its knees at minimal cost.”

    God bless Texas!

    God bless Texas!

    This good-news article clearly has nothing to do with China, but a heck of a lot to do with America’s frontier spirit, which the nation needs to strengthen and revive if it is to survive and thrive in the coming years.

    Texas Governor Rick Perry today signed into law Senate Bill 378, extending Texans’ rights to use deadly force for means of self-defense, without retreat, in their home, vehicle or workplace. The law takes effect Sept. 1, 2007.

    “The right to defend oneself from an imminent act of harm should not only be clearly defined in Texas law, but is intuitive to human nature,” said Perry. “Today, I am proud to sign the Castle Law which allows Texans to not only protect themselves from criminals, but to receive the protection of state law when circumstances dictate that they use deadly force.”

    In 1995, the Texas Legislature created an exception to a 1973 statute, which required a person to retreat in the face of a criminal attack. The exception allowed a person to use force without retreat when an intruder unlawfully entered their home. Senate Bill 378 extends a person’s right to stand their ground beyond the home to vehicles and workplaces, allowing the reasonable use of deadly force when an intruder is committing certain violent crimes, such as murder or sexual assault, or is attempting to commit such crimes as unlawfully trying to enter a protected place, or unlawfully trying to remove a person from a protected place.

    Texas joins several other states including Florida that have or are considering similar laws.

    The news from Texas brings to mind the courage and fighting spirit of theTexas Rangers–the legendary law enforcement agency, not the Major League baseball team (though the team is a nice enough outfit). In the face of the looming conflict with Iran and the gathering Islamist threat, the Rangers’ motto–“One riot, one Ranger”–should inspire every American and every freedom-loving person in every democracy on earth.

    That, and the Rangers’ famous distaste for red tape and paperwork. An 1875 telegram by a Ranger illustrates the point. The Lone Star state lawman sent the telegram to his superior officer from Matamoros, Mexico, after pursuing raiding bandits across the border. It reads: “Had a fight with raiders, killed 12 and captured 265. Wish you were here, Captain Leander McNelly.”

    Apparently, the rules of engagement were different back then.

    Understanding The Saudi Plot to Destroy Israel

    Understanding The Saudi Plot to Destroy Israel

    The outlines of the Saudi plot to destroy Israel are becoming increasingly clear.

    The official version of the kingdom’s peace plan calls for all Arab countries to formally recognize Israel’s existence and establish relations with Israel if it withdraws from all land held since the 1967 war, recognizes the establishment of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital, and provides the so-called right of return for all Palestinian refugees.

    The latter is a non-negotiable issue for Israel since it, in essence, means the end of the Jewish State.

    Which is why it is also a non-negotiable issue for Saudi Arabia. The family business disguised as a country is determined to wipe Israel out; unlike Islamist Iran, however, the Saudis believe they can achieve their aim without a full-blown war. The Saudi strategy calls for the piece-by-piece dismantling of the Jewish state, first shrinking it down to size and then flooding it with enemy aliens.

    There is more to the plot. Israel’s extinction depends on delegitimizing Zionism–ending the Jewish right of reutrn and discrediting the Zionist idea of an independent Jewish homeland in historic Palestine in favor of a binational state slated for eventual Muslim Arab domination.

    The Saudis are counting on their European Union friends–and the openly anti-Israel wing of the American foreign policy establishment–to help make their dream of Israel’s downfall a reality within a decade or so.

    Nuclear-arming Iran, which has vowed to destroy Israel the old fashioned way–through blood and fire–is skeptical about the Saudi piece-by-piece plan. But Iran’s energy-starved ally, China, is a believer. Sun Bigan, Beijing’s special envoy to the Middle East, is said to be urging patience and restraint, advising Iranian monster-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that a deescalation of his country’s nuclear standoff with the West would allow for implementation of the Saudi scheme.

    Post Script: Sun’s circle of foreign policy experts are terrified by the prospect of a Middle East conflagration that could trigger soaring oil prices–and the possible destruction of major oil fields. Saudi fields are rumored to be wired for self-destruction; and Israeli officials have quietly suggested over the years that the Jewish state would radiate Arab oil before allowing itself to be conquered by a foreign enemy.

    What Makes Christians so Gullible?

    Will MoveOn.org chant “No blood for George Soros?”

    Will MoveOn.org chant “No blood for George Soros?”

    Dr. Soros-stein Betrays his Monster, buys 1.9 million shares of Halliburton
    by Bill Levinson


    George Soros should remember those scenes from those old black and white horror movies in which the monster discovers that its creator has betrayed it–and MoveOn should remember what happens to those who bite the hand that feeds them.

    Dr. Frankenstein Betrays his Monster
    Reuters reports, “Soros also added 1.9 million shares of Halliburton (HAL.N)”

    Now the MoveOn.org people who chant “No blood for Halliburton” can chant “No blood for Soros” instead.

    MoveOn.org Bites its Sugar Daddy’s Hand
    https://pol.moveon.org/donate/halliburton.html

    While soldiers are dying in Iraq, Dick Cheney’s old company Halliburton has overcharged the government millions and charged for meals for the troops which were never delivered. We need to raise $1.1 million to get a new ad exposing the Bush Administration’s ties to Halliburton on the air. Please help by contributing below.

    Here is what MoveOn.org’s ad script says about the company in which its patron, George Soros, is now a major shareholder.

    Ad Script
    …AUDIO
    ANNOUNCER (VO): But Halliburton wanted more. They overcharged millions for gasoline. Worse, they charged hundreds of millions of dollars for meals for our troops that they never delivered.

    VIDEO
    CUT BACK TO THE DOMED SILVER TRAY. THE BUTLER RAISES IT AGAIN, BUT THIS TIME WE SEE STACKS OF MONEY.

    AUDIO
    ANNOUNCER (VO): And George Bush is still doing business with them.

    And now MoveOn.org benefactor George Soros owns 1.9 million shares of the same company.

    We do not have any problems with Halliburton or Soros’ ownership of its stock, but MoveOn.org obviously does. Now, either MoveOn.org is asking its members and supportors for money to propagate lies about Halliburton, or MoveOn.org is telling the truth. Let us examine each of these cases by itself, without passing any judgment on the merits of either. We don’t have to in order to prove our case.

    (1) MoveOn.org is lying about Halliburton
    If MoveOn.org is lying about Halliburton, then it is asking its prospective supporters to donate up to $2000 on false pretenses. This should be enough to make every single rank-and-file member quit in disgust. We remind MoveOn of what happened to Soros’ other organization, the Million Mom March, when it came out that the organization was soliciting money under false pretenses.

    (2) MoveOn.org is telling the truth about Halliburton
    If MoveOn.org is telling the truth about Halliburton, then its patron George Soros has bought 1.9 million shares of the same “evil company.” It may also be noted that Soros is a major backer of Barack Obama, to whom he and members of his family gave $60,000 to support his Senate primary.

    Now our question to both MoveOn.org and George Soros, and we are sure the nation’s entire progressive community wants a prompt and unambiguous answer, is as follows: Did MoveOn.org solicit donations from its followers by lying about Halliburton, or is it telling the truth about the company whose stock its benefactor just purchased?

    Now here is a bonus piece of information:

    As WND reported, another outspoken leftist who had criticized Halliburton was discovered to own stock in the company – filmmaker Michael Moore.

    Posted by Bill Levinson @ 12:09 pm |

    FBI Agent German blows whistle on White Supremacist Islamist Meeting in U.S.

    FBI Agent German blows whistle on White Supremacist Islamist Meeting in U.S.

    by Jerry Gordon

    I watched the Senate Judiciary FBI oversight hearings, today live and on-line from Washington, DC. FBI director Mueller was being grilled about the alleged misuse, some say abuse, of the National Security Letters authorized by the Patriot Act to conduct domestic counter-terrorism activities. There were also questions regarding the FBI position relative to the 8 U.S. attorneys fired by embattled Attorney General Gonzalez.

    In the midst of this was a jarring statement read by Iowa Republican Charles Grassley about an FBI Agent ‘whistle blower” German, by name and a cover up by superiors in the FBI about a meeting between a White Supremacist and an Islamist. Below is an excerpt of the Statement of Senator Grassley about the matter. All FBI director Mueller could say in response to questions by Grassley following this statement was : ‘I’ll get back to you on that.” Grassley had a transcript in his hand of the alleged conversation between these two antisemites and implored Mueller to find out why it was kept in someone’s drawer for ‘months’ until an Inspector General investigation unearthed it. FBI Agent German was trashed by FBI spokespersons as being “unreliable”.

    As you will see in the excerpt from Senator Grassley’s statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee the conversation by the terrorists was all about a common hatred – read that as Jews; their unabashed love of Hitler, their common objective of killing Jews, obtaining weapons from Iran, fomenting a civil war in the U.S., lauding suicide bombers, and targeting pro-Israeli jounalists for ‘hits

    .”

    A lot of us knew the FBI was terrible at the domestic intelligence game after reading the horror stories in the 9/11 Commission Report. But after 5 years, you would have thought they would have gotten it. Apparently, not. But this is not surprising as FBI Director Mueller and his senior staff are into “sensitivity training” in how to deal with Muslims, sending Special Agents out in Los Angeles to make praising sounds at CAIR fund raisers, letting CAIR chapters like the one out in Louisville get in to see how the local field office does its ‘job,’ holding palaver sessions in Brooklyn with Imams from Wahhabi Mosques with al Qaeda Connections.

    But then this is the same FBI whose Counter Intelligence chief David Szady perpetrated the case against the two former AIPAC senior officials Ken Rosen and Steve Weissman who go on trial next month in a Northern Virginia Federal Court on the flimsy grounds of having violated a 90 year old sedition law out of phase since the end of World War I.

    Read the Grassley Statement and wonder why the domestic counter-terrorism program is in a shambles.

    I was asked not long ago for my candid opinion by two concerned FBI special agents involved in counter terrorism about what I thought about the current program. I told them that it “sucked” and was run over by the “PC Machine” that one of them cited.

    Read this excerpt from Senator Grassley’s statement and shake your head in bafflement as to what is going on in the FBI and for that matter in the entire doimestic counter terrorism effort.

    Excerpt from U.S. Senator Charles Grassley’s Statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 27, 2006

    “Second, I want to mention the Michael German case. Former Special Agent Michael German has publicly said that the FBI missed a golden opportunity to infiltrate a terrorist group operating on inside the United States. Remarkably, the opportunity came in the form of a recorded meeting between a white supremacist and an Islamic extremist. Over a year ago, the Inspector General found that the FBI retaliated against German and falsified records related to the case. It appears that the FBI failed to take any of this seriously. It’s not clear whether the FBI official who retaliated against German was or ever will be punished. The case on two extremists who were meeting with each other to talk about operational ties doesn’t look like it ever went anywhere. The FBI went on television and claimed that, essentially, Agent German was full of hot air. Referring to German’s claim about a connection between domestic and foreign terrorist groups, the FBI spokeswoman said, “It did not exist, there was not a coming together of those two separate groups.”

    “However, after years of effort by this Committee, the FBI finally provided a transcript of the meeting, and it flatly contradicts statements made by Bureau officials trying to downplay the incident and discredit Michael German. The transcript clearly shows a white supremacist and an Islamic militant talking about building operational ties between their organizations. Moreover, it is clear that what brings them together was anti-Semitism. According to the transcript these two groups also discussed (1) shooting Jews, (2) their shared admiration for Hitler, (3) arms shipments from Iran, (4) their desire for a civil war in the United States, (5) their approval of suicide bombings, and (6) assassinating pro-Israeli journalists in the United States. This was all the very first time they met.”

    The FBI’s public statements about German’s claims were misleading at best, and the transcript makes that clear. My bigger concern, however, is that the FBI seems incapable of mining its criminal cases for valuable intelligence like this and distributing it to the rest of the intelligence community. According to Agent German, this transcript sat in a supervisor’s desk drawer for months, while he first raised his concerns and while other FBI supervisors were busy playing defense, claiming to headquarters that the meeting was not even recorded.”

    Posted by Jerry Gordon @ 9:09 pm |

    Iran Returns to Islamic Fallback Position: Taking Hostages

    Iran Returns to Islamic Fallback Position: Taking Hostages

    by Sher Zieve
     

    In November 1979, the US Embassy in Iran was seized by militant students representing the new Muslim fundamentalist Iranian regime headed by the Ayatollah Khomeini. Under President Jimmy Carter’s continuing and hopeless lack of any leadership, the Iranian hostage crisis lasted until the day President Ronald Reagan took his first Oath of Office on 20 January 1981. On that day and only a few minutes after President Reagan was sworn in as President of the United States, Iran announced its formal release of the US hostages. Prior to his election, President Reagan had vowed to gain the release of the still remaining fifty-two US captives. Although some of the hostages said they couldn’t be sure, former hostages Chuck Scott, Don Sharer, William Daugherty, Kevin Hermening and William Gallegos all positively identified current Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as one of the student leaders who affected the takeover of the US Embassy. Perhaps desirous of reliving those glory days, while he and his fundamentalist regime are experiencing demands from Iranian citizens to liberalize that country, Ahmadinejad has again returned to form—taking hostages. This time it is Iran’s 23 March Revolutionary Guard capture, at gunpoint, of eight British Royal Sailors and seven Royal Marines who were conducting routine inspections of merchant vessels.

     

    Under increasing pressure and newly imposed sanctions from the United Nations to stop its development of nuclear weaponry and its own citizens’ internal exigencies, the self-proclaimed leader of Islam—Ahmadinejad—has gone back to that which is tried and true for the ‘religion of peace’; take hostages and commit acts of war. Islamic fundamentalists in Iran are calling for the trial and conviction of the fifteen British sailors and Marines and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mehzi Mostafavi said: “It should become clear whether their entry was intentional or unintentional. After that is clarified, the necessary decision will be made!” The United Kingdom is demanding the immediate release of its citizens. However, at this juncture, Iran does not appear to be inclined to do so. Instead, it is beginning to ratchet up its rhetoric by calling the sailors’ inspections “aggressive behavior” and it insists that they had “illegally” entered Iranian waters. In order to bolster sagging support from Iranian citizens, former Iran President Mohammad Khatami attempted the same sort of hostage-taking in 2004, when eight British sailors were captured, blindfolded, paraded before cameras and held by Iran for three days. Note: Of course, this was illegal under Geneva Convention rules. But, as we already know, Islamic countries are exempted from following them.

     

    Khatami’s ploy didn’t work and he was replaced by the even more hard-line former mayor of Tehran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Apparently he believes that, this time, hostage taking will work to strengthen his own all-time-low popularity and stop the ever-rising protests against him at home. Ahmadinejad has publicly stated that he has met with the prophesied “redeemer” of Islam—the 12th Imam Mahdi. In order to pave the way for this leader, the current Iranian president has stated that the only way to ‘bring him back’, is to defeat the West by whatever means are necessary. In 2005, Ahmadinejad said: “And God willing, with the force of God behind it [Iran], we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism!” It seems that Ahmadinejad believes that taking western hostages will not only strengthen his position with Iran’s citizens but, will enhance his place in the 12th Mahdi’s regime. Taking him at his word, Ahmadinejad is planning the destruction of the West and all that is non-Muslim and is determined to have those plans succeed. Yet, too many in western democratic countries seem equally determined to dismiss Ahmadinejad’s comments and proclamations. Note: An inane resolve to ignore “uncomfortable feelings” has become all too pervasive in multiple politically-correct societies. These same societal members also hold that denying unpleasant truths will, eventually, make them go away. It won’t.

     

    Therefore, Ahmadinejad and other Islamic terrorists’ rhetoric and actions will become more pronounced and severe while the PC-crowd becomes more acquiescent to their demands. And fearful of blaming the true culprits, these appeasers blame themselves and their own governments. Then, continuing to ignore history, the submissives actually praise the oppressors! In 2005, Hollywood’s representative to Iran Sean Penn not only praised that country but asked: “If the United States has nuclear weapons, then why can’t Iran have nuclear weapons?” To say that these people are clueless is too kind. In a war of words or an actual war, radical Islam understands only the follow-up of aggressive and unequivocal actions. Whether we like it or not, those actions must often be brutal against barbaric societies. One of the greatest leaders in history, Winston Churchill, noted the following: “When nations are strong, they are not always just and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong. Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance. I cannot subscribe to the idea that it might be possible to dig ourselves in and make no preparations for anything else than passive defense. It is the theory of the turtle. How many wars have been averted by patience and good will?” They are equally as applicable today, as they were before and during World War II. Perhaps it’s time that we heard them again.


    Has a limit been reached?

    Has a limit been reached?

    Thomas Lifson
    Many elites in the United States and Europe continue to behave as pre-emptive Dhimmis, submitting to demands for the application of Shari’a law in their countries. Think of the Metropolitan Airports Commission in Minneapolis-St. Paul, at first planning a system of taxi signals, so that Muslim drivers could indicate to travelers their unwillingness to carry alcohol-bearing passengers. Or, of the judge in Germany who recently cited the Koran on wife-beating in an effort at cultural sensitivity in divorce case.  Or of Target Stores, which at first allowed its Muslim checkout clerks to refuse to scan pork products.

    But in each case, outraged ordinary citizens (including some moderate Muslims)  forced a retreat. The German case is covered today by the AP via Newsday:

    Politicians and Muslim leaders denounced a German judge for citing the Quran in her rejection of a Muslim woman’s request for a quick divorce on grounds she was abused by her husband.

    Judge Christa Datz-Winter said in a recommendation earlier this year that both partners came from a “Moroccan cultural environment in which it is not uncommon for a man to exert a right of corporal punishment over his wife,” according to the court. The woman is a German of Moroccan descent married to a Moroccan citizen. [….]
    Justice Minister Brigitte Zypries condemned the judge’s decision.

    “Every so often, there are individual rulings that seem completely incomprehensible,” she said.

    Lawmakers from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats said traditional Islamic law, or Sharia, had no place in Germany.

    “The legal and moral concepts of Sharia have nothing to do with German jurisprudence,” Wolfgang Bosbach, a lawmaker with the Christian Democrats, told N24 television.

    “One thing must be clear: In Germany, only German law applies. Period.”

    Ronald Pofalla, the party’s general secretary, told Bild: “When the Quran is put above the German constitution, I can only say: Good night, Germany.”

    Representatives of Germany’s Muslim population were also critical of the ruling.

    “Violence and abuse of people — whether against men or women — are, of course, naturally reasons to warrant a divorce in Islam as well,” the country’s Central Council of Muslims said in a statement.

    It appears that elites are all too ready to betray their own cultures, and must be kept in check by ordinary folk applying common sense.

    Hat tip: Amil Imani