Its no use saying
“We have done our best”
You have to succeed in doing
what is necessary
Winston Chuchill, British Prime Minister
In complete chaos after an unending string of failures and poltically motivated circuses, the desperate Dems experience a complete psychotic break and dramatically pledge a series of random new votes on Iraq, all in time for the July 4 holiday, as their new centerpiece. Check this: They admit the votes will fail. But, hey, given the state of the nation, they have all the time in the world to waste, right? George Soros apparently will not stop in his pursuit to be King of America From The Shadows.
Senate Dems Plan New Round of Iraq Votes Before July 4 Holiday
“We’re going to hold the president’s feet to the fire,” Reid, D-Nev., told reporters after emerging from a closed-door meeting with Senate Democrats. Under Reid’s plan, the Senate will cast separate votes on whether to cut off funding for combat next year, order troop withdrawals within four months, impose stricter standards on the length of combat tours and rescind congressional authorization for the Iraqi invasion. Despite the proposals’ dim prospects, the staged votes will refocus debate on Capitol Hill on an issue where voters have typically favored Democrats over Republicans.”
Why are you and I paying the bill for a Congress of nothing but poltical theater instead of work and legislation?
Jun 12 07:49 PM US/Eastern
By ANNE FLAHERTY
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Tuesday the Senate will face another round of votes on the Iraq war before the July Fourth recess, a strategy intended to show that Democrats are not giving up on efforts to bring troops home.
While the measures are unlikely to pass, the announcement comes as party leaders are under fire by many liberal supporters for passing legislation that funds the war through September.
Strictly as an odious gambit to gain some advantage in their upcoming July 4 anti-victory legislatislation, the Democrats mimic Al Qaeda and officially declare the surge, which is yet fully in place, a failure. By creating the impression of failure, their anti-victory measures may have some chance of passing, and will at least seem valid to the American public; this is essentially what this latest scumbaggery is about. Plus it is about pandering: George Soros and Moveon.org are clearly yanking the leash in angry, desperate frustration. In short, the Dems advance their war against America. Face facts: We are in our own civil war.
The real brains behind the domestic enemy’s puppet operation: Emmanuel and Schumer.
Iraq surge a failure, top Democrats declare to world AP: Jun 13 04:38 PM US/Eastern
Top US congressional Democrats bluntly told President George W. Bush Wednesday that his Iraq troop “surge” policy was a failure.
Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi challenged the president over Iraq by sending him a letter, ahead of a White House meeting later on Wednesday.
“As many had forseen, the escalation has failed to produce the intended results,” the two leaders wrote.
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Muslim leaders have robustly criticized a forthright “position papier” [issued by the Lutheran churches in Germany]. Ayyub Axel Koehler, chairman of the Council of Muslims, [a German who converted to Islam in 1963] told the church-people that Europe should be ashamed of the “trail of blood” that it had left throughout the world down the centuries.
Comment from Fjordman: It would be interesting to see Muslims deal with the trail of blood they have left behind on several continents, from Thailand via India to Armenia, during more than 1300 years. To quote Paul Fregosi’s book Jihad in the West:
“The Jihad, the Islamic so-called Holy War, has been a fact of life in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East for more than 1300 years, but this is the first history of the Muslim wars in Europe ever to be published. Hundreds of books, however, have appeared on its Christian counterpart, the Crusades, to which the Jihad is often compared, although they lasted less than two hundred years and unlike the Jihad, which is universal, were largely but not completely confined to the Holy Land. Moreover, the Crusades have been over for more than 700 years, while a Jihad is still going on in the world. The Jihad has been the most unrecorded and disregarded major event of history. It has, in fact, been largely ignored. For instance, the Encyclopaedia Britannica gives the Crusades eighty times more space than the Jihad.”
“Western colonization of nearby Muslim lands lasted 130 years, from the 1830s to the 1960s. Muslim colonization of nearby European lands lasted 1300 years, from the 600s to the mid-1960s. Yet, strangely, it is the Muslims, the Arabs and the Moors to be precise, who are the most bitter about colonialism and the humiliations to which they have been subjected; and it is the Europeans who harbor the shame and the guilt. It should be the other way around.”
From the desk of Fjordman on Wed, 2007-06-13 16:31
In Sweden, saying that Muslim Albanians are behind much of the drug traffic in Europe (a fact) is considered racism and a crime. Making derogatory statements about the native Christian population, however, is just fine.
Dahn Pettersson, a local politician in Sweden, has been fined 18,000 kronor for writing that 95 percent of all heroin brought in comes via Kosovo. “It is never ethnic groups that commit crimes. It is individuals or groups of individuals,” prosecutor Mats Svensson told the court. The court found Pettersson guilty of ‘Agitation Against a Minority Group.’
When in 2004 Joanna Rytel, a Swedish feminist, wrote an article called “I Will Never Give Birth to a White Man,” the authorities refused to indict her. Prosecutor Göran Lambertz explained why: “The purpose behind the law against incitement of ethnic hatred was to ensure legal protection for minority groups of different compositions and followers of different religions. Cases where people express themselves in a critical or derogatory way about men of ethnic Swedish background were not intended to be included in this law.”
America must reckon with the reality of a long term project to create a Euro-Arab alliance based on far-reaching cultural integration measures. Yet some dismiss the warnings of those who speak of the dangers for America as the ravings of conspiracy theorists.
Phillip Jenkins, in his recently released book God’s Continent makes the following statement:
… the forces driving Muslim immigration were so overwhelming that there is no reason to imagine the conspiracy theory devised by Bat Ye’or and since popularized by Oriana Fallaci and others, which suggests that European elites collaborated with Arab states to create a Eurabian federation spanning the Mediterranean. Given the economic forces demanding labor and the political factors conditioning supply, it would be difficult to imagine any outcome much different from what actually occurred.
Sadly, and not so “incidentally”, this reductio ad absurdum argument — focused inappropriately on the secondary issue of immigration as if that were the sine qua non of “Eurabia”, and imbued with a non-sequitur, defamatory charge of conspiracism — reveals little more than Mr. Jenkin’s own thoroughly inept research.
Despite its widespread usage, there is almost universal ignorance about the origins of the term “Eurabia”. We’ll get to that shortly. Here is a bit of historical context, to which Mr. Jenkins is completely oblivious, dating back to the early to mid-1970s, as characterized in meticulous (if dry and forbidding) detail in Bat Ye’or’s seminal, Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis.
Born of the Arab League’s October, 1973 defeat in their Yom Kippur war against Israel and the related oil embargo, The Euro-Arab Dialogue has created an alphabet soup of European Community, and later European Union-funded organizations charged with planning joint political, cultural, social, industrial, commercial, and technical-scientific projects.
This entity first met officially at a ministerial level on July 31, 1974, in Paris, to discuss the Dialogue’s organization. In attendance were the Secretary General of the Arab League, the Kuwaiti Foreign Minister, the President of the European Community Commission, and the President of the European Community. As Bat Ye’or observes,
In the course of the meetings that followed, the European foreign ministers of the Nine [i.e., the original European Community member states] laid the foundations for their cooperation with the Arab countries, through an institutionalized structure linked to the highest authorities in each European Community country. This…made it possible to harmonize the European Community policy of trade and cooperation with the Arab League countries.
The Dialogue rapidly spawned a European Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation whose members represented a broad spectrum of European Community political groups. Biannual Euro-Arab Parliamentary meetings convened alternately in Europe and the Arab nations. Roughly 100 European and Arab members of their respective Parliaments attended, along with observers from the European Community/European Union Commission, the Arab League, and other international organizations. During an initial meeting in Damascus, September 14-17, 1974, the Arab delegates established their political preconditions for economic agreements with Western Europe, specifically demanding:
A word in common use
Eurabia was the title of a journal published in the mid-1970s by the European Committee for the Coordination of Friendship Associations with the Arab World. Eurabia’s editor was Lucien Bitterlin, President of the Association of Franco-Arab Solidarity; the journal was published jointly by Euro-Arab associations in London, Paris, and Geneva.
Eurabia served as a Euro-Arab Dialogue mouthpiece. For example, the July 1975 issue published resolutions from the aforementioned Parliamentary Association for Euro-Arab Cooperation, and included an editorial underscoring “…the necessity for a political entente between Europe and the Arab world as a basis for economic agreements.” The editors opined, Europeans must “…understand the political as well as the economic interests of the Arab world.” The Euro-Arab Dialogue must express “…a joint political will”, and Europeans must create “…a climate of opinion” favorable to Arabs. The editorial admonished,
If they really want to cooperate with the Arab world, the European governments and political leaders have an obligation to protect against the denigration of Arabs in their media. They must reaffirm their confidence in the Euro-Arab friendship and their respect for the millennial contribution of the Arabs to world civilization.
The same July 1975 issue of Eurabia included findings from a Euro-Arab Parliamentary Association study advocating,
A medium and long term policy must…be formulated in order to bring about economic cooperation through a combination of Arab manpower reserves and raw materials, and European technology and management
With regard to Israel-the linchpin political issue on which the Arabs demanded European acquiescence-the July 1975 edition of Eurabia also reproduced the Euro-Arab Parliamentary Association resolution from its Strasbourg meeting one month earlier, insisting, per the disputed Arab interpretation of UN Resolution 242, that Israel withdraw to the 1949 armistice lines, that European governments recognize Arafat’s PLO as sole representative of the Palestinian Arabs, and that each European Community nation oblige Israel to accept a Palestinian Arab Judenrein state in Gaza, and Judea/Samaria, i.e. the entire so-called “West Bank”.
Let me illustrate but one of the alarming Euro-Arab Dialogue’s conduit functions. During a 1974 Organization of the Islamic Conference meeting in Lahore, Pakistan, OIC general secretary Mohammed Hasan Mohammed al-Tohami highlighted two key related goals:
The Euro-Arab Dialogue introduced European Islamic Centers’ educational and cultural programs into European schools, reflecting one aspect of the Jihad to which al-Tohami alluded.
In conclusion, I refer to the April 26-28, 2006 celebration (i.e., 14 months ago, and cited in the Preface to the 7th printing of Bat Ye’or’s “Eurabia”) of three decades of the Euro-Arab Dialogue, held at the Paris Institute of the Arab World. The event was touted as a Euro-Arab Dialogue Forum, with a theme entitled, “Prospects and Contents of a Euro-Arab Strategic Partnership”. Former President Chirac’s Foreign Minister, Philippe Douste Blazy, delivered the final address at the April 26th Opening Session. The Forum’s “Objectif”, according to the Forum website, stated:
To relaunch the Euro-Arab Dialogue in conformity with new strategic perspectives in order to constitute the future bilateral pole of international equilibrium and to participate in the creation of a new world order.
Clearly, Mr. Jenkins and those of his ilk who spray uninformed and unwarranted charges of “conspiracism” at Bat Ye’or might do well to actually read Eurabia and the vast array of self-explanatory documents and public statements it contains. Thus far, that appears to be too much to ask of them.
Andrew G. Bostom is the author of The Legacy of Jihad and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism.
Training for the Next War?
By P. David Hornik
FrontPageMagazine.com | June 13, 2007
The more casual news reports, like those by the Jerusalem Post and Reuters on Monday, speak of “one-day” joint training exercises between the Israeli air force and U.S. pilots on Sunday. The Post cites Israeli-army sources “dismiss[ing] speculation that the drills were connected to an attack on Iran.” Reuters quotes an Israeli military spokeswoman saying the exercise was “part of a multi-year working plan involving joint flights for the purpose of mutual learning,” as well as an Israeli military source claiming the exercises were “unconnected to the current situation in the country.”
The exercises, in any case, sparked interest and were reported in Arab media. They also manifest the fact that, despite reported Bush-administration disgruntlement with Israeli military capabilities after the summer 2006 war in Lebanon, U.S.-Israeli military cooperation continues at a high level.
Also on Monday all the Israeli outlets reported the successful launch of Israel’s Ofek-7 military spy satellite, a relief after its predecessor, Ofek-6, crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after launch in September 2004—and with the aging Ofek-5 already circling the earth for almost five years. The Ofek-7 is said to give Israel unprecedented capabilities and the Jerusalem Post says its “elliptical orbit reportedly takes it over Iran, Iraq and Syria every 90 minutes.”
One doesn’t have to be a conspiracy-monger to wonder if there’s some connection between the U.S.-Israeli air drills and the Ofek-7’s launch. It took, however, the Israeli scoop site DEBKAfile, which purports to have inside security information and not infrequently turns out to be right, to connect these dots in a single article. “DEBKAfile’s military sources report,” the article says, “that the [Ofek-7] launching was part of a seven-day US-Israeli air exercise taking place this week in the Negev [desert] which, though presented officially as a routine practice, reflects wide expectations of a Middle East war this summer.”
So mainstream outlets have a one-day joint air force exercise on Sunday, with denials that they meant anything in particular, and an unconnected satellite launch on Monday. Debka has a seven-day exercise with the satellite launch not just connected but “part of” it, all “reflect[ing] wide expectations” of an imminent Middle East war.
In any case, one party that went ballistic over the developments was Iran itself, with its deputy interior minister for security, Mohammad Baqer Zolghadr, warning on Sunday that “All the American bases in the region are within the reach of our weapons” and “if the United States attacked Iran, US interests would be in danger everywhere in the world.”
Debka links the outburst explicitly to Zolghadr’s “government’s interpretation of the seven-day Negev exercise,” and even the report in the Middle East Times (Nicosia) makes the same link and is much closer to Debka’s take and even more explicit, saying that “dozens of US and Israeli aircraft were Sunday due to begin week-long joint exercises in southern Israel, simulating dog-fights and bombing targets on the ground.”
With some commentators spreading gloom about a U.S. administration that has succumbed to the “realists” and is just seeking accommodation with Tehran, these developments reinforce those who still think, or hope, that Bush—not to mention the Israelis—still understands that Iran going nuclear would be the death knell of civilization as we know it.
Barring a “catastrophic development,” Middle East Newsline reports, George Bush has decided not to attack Iran. An administration source explains that Washington deems Iran’s cooperation “needed for a withdrawal [of U.S. forces] from Iraq.”
If correct, this implies the Jewish state stands alone against a regime that threatens to “wipe Israel off the map” and is building the nuclear weapons to do so. Israeli leaders are hinting that their patience is running out; Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz just warned that “diplomatic efforts should bear results by the end of 2007.” …
Cross-posted at netwmd.com and IsraPundit
It is often argued who is the greater threat to the state of Israel, Russia or the United States. The answer to that is that both threaten Israel’s survival, but in different ways. The US threat is posed diplomatically in an attempt to make everyone, if not happy at least pacified to the point there will exist a fair amount of global stability, which in turn keeps the oil flowing and the world operating relatively smoothly. This policy based on multiculturalism and appeasement is embraced also by the Europeans who are even more adamant about it.
The threat from Russia on the other hand is different. It is more strategic in nature and is directed at giving Russia more influence and control in the Middle-East. In past wars between Israel and Arabs states Russia has not remained neutral; Arab re-supply lines have always lead back to the Soviets. Not that much has changed since the fall of the USSR; in the most recent conflict in Lebanon between Hezbollah and Israel, Hezbollah was armed with sophisticated weaponry supplied by Russia via Iran and Syria.
Thus, Israel now faces two types of threats, the threat of war from the east, and the threat of peace from the west. These two threats combined create a an even greater threat which is the true danger Israel faces today.
To underscore the peril is this Debka report, Moscow Releases Nuclear Fuel for Iran’s Bushehr Reactor
“Russian president Vladimir Putin put teeth in his threats and his cynically helpful alternative suggestions regarding the deployment of US missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic.
DEBKA-Net-Weekly 304 disclosed on June 8 that the week before the G8 opened in Germany, Moscow released the long-withheld nuclear fuel for Iran’s atomic reactor in Bushehr. It was delivered 24 hours before Israel launched its new military imaging satellite Ofeq-7, bringing forward the Iranian threat to Israel, …..read more….
Israel’s enemies have been fighting a war of attrition using asymmetrical tactics to weaken the Jewish state. Russia is interested in power, the US and Europe are interested in peace and stability, the Islamic and Arab nations are all interested in war. This is volatile mix.