A Qatari newspaper, Al Watan, reported Friday that Syria is making concrete preparations for war with Israel, saying that the Syrian government has removed the Government and State Archives from the Damascus area. According to the paper, this move indicates preparations for war.
The middle east’s Hitler and Mussolini. Holocaust included.
The Exploding Summer.
Behind the curtain, far from the fawning eyes of Western business executives and bankers, lies a hidden land of exploitation, abject poverty and abuse, even slavery. China’s Laogai, a Gulag-like system of slave labor and concentration camps, is ignored by Western media, eager for access to the China market.
The worst exploiters are actually well connected businessmen, including the sons of Communist Party officials.
“As many as 1,000 children may have been sold into slave labor in central China, enduring maiming and brutality in primitive brick kilns, state media said on Friday amid an expanding scandal about official neglect.
“The owners ran the prison-like kilns in Shanxi and Henan provinces with fierce dogs and thugs who beat the children at will, state television said. One accidentally killed a child with a shovel and buried the body at night, it said.
“The workers, mostly young males, some of whom were kidnapped from around the country, were shown on television sleeping on bricks inside the brickworks with doors sealed from outside with wire and windows barred to prevent their escape.
“Some had horrific, festering wounds on their black feet and around their waist, presumably from burns from the kiln.”
A new study by the US Institute for Peace (USIP) of polling data from fourteen different Muslim countries finds that support for a role for Islam in politics strongly correlates with more likely support for terrorism. This statistical analysis is certain to draw protests from the usual propagandists of radical Islam in the US, even though the USIP can hardly be considered a neo-conservative institution.
Ever since recent release last month of the Pew poll on American Muslim attitudes, the Islamist propagandists and their media establishment allies have been working feverishly to avoid the implications of those findings by citing another study purportedly showing Americans more in favor of attacks on civilians than Muslims in the US and around the world, claims rebutted in my American Thinker article last week, “Lies, Damned Lies, and CAIR’s Statistics”.
The current report in question, “Correlates of Public Support for Terrorism in the Muslim World” by Ethan Bueno de Mesquita of Washington University in St. Louis, also examines data gathered by the Pew Research Center and finds a broad range of opinions and attitudes in the Muslim world. For instance, support for terrorism was extremely high in Lebanon (home of Hezbollah) and extremely low in Uzbekistan (an allied partner with the US in the War on Terror).
The support for terrorism is also dispersed in the Muslim world: of the top five countries in the fourteen surveyed, two were in the Middle East (Lebanon and Jordan), two were in Africa (Nigeria, Ivory Coast) and one was in Asia (Bangladesh). It should be noted that Egypt refused to let the question be asked as part of the survey, and other presumably high terrorism support areas, including Syria, Iran, Iraq, the Palestinian Authority and Saudi Arabia, were not included in the poll.
The standout finding of the USIP study is that support for an increased role for Islam in politics is correlated with greater support for the use of terrorism, even in countries that already adhere to political Islam:
People who support a strong role for Islam in politics are more likely to also support terrorism. Perhaps more surprisingly, people who perceive Islam to play a large role in the politics of their home country are also more likely to support terrorism. (p. 7)
The USIP study also busts the bubble of radical Islamic apologists who claim that support for terrorism is driven by people living under Islamic dictatorships. What the data shows is that dissatisfaction with Islam’s role in internal politics has very little correlation to attitudes on terror. The study finds that
…dissatisfaction with the role of Islam in one’s own country’s politics is much more weakly correlated with support for terrorism then raw attitudes toward to role of Islam. (p. 7)
Perhaps even more important, the data shows that in these countries the perceived threat to Islam posed by the government plays virtually no role at all in support for terrorism. (p. 7)
To get at what might possibly drive support for terrorism, the study’s author looked at respondents opinions on possible threats to Islam. What he discovered is that the perceived threat to Islam by their home government had very little impact in their support for terrorism, but instead, “those who believe the United States and the West pose such a threat are particularly likely to support terrorism.” (p. 8) In fact, the perceived threat by the US to Islam correlates higher than any other factor in justifying the use of terrorism. (p. 9)
There are several other surprising findings in the USIP report:
As stated earlier, the strongest correlated factor in the support for terrorism is anti-Americanism and the perceived threat to Islam from America in the West. The study’s author explains the critical role this plays in the support for terrorism in the Muslim world:
It may well be that people support terrorism because they perceive there to be a threat to Islam from the United States. But the relationship could also work the other way. Terrorism is, among other things, a tool of propaganda. One of the key messages of Islamic terrorists is anti-Americanism. Thus, if terrorism is an effective tool of propaganda, it may be that people who support terrorism (for whatever reason) end up having strongly anti-American sentiments because they are persuaded by the terrorists’ message. Another, related, explanation argues that people who support terrorism have a psychological need to justify this support. As a result, they adopt views that “rationalize” their support for terrorism. Thus, while they may perceive their support for terrorism to be caused by their anti-American views, the opposite might be the case-they may have adopted anti-Americanism to justify support for terror. Under either of these alternative interpretations, anti-Americanism does not cause support for terror, support for terror causes anti-Americanism. (p. 41-42)
Terrorists have a vested interest in ratcheting up anti-America rhetoric as part of their hate propaganda campaign. Terror and hatred of America and its values go hand-in-hand in the Muslim world unlike any other factor yet studied. Because these two are so strongly correlated, this tells us something about those quick to indict American society and our government’s policies.
This new study also shatters the myth of the supposedly peaceful Muslim world advanced recently by CAIR, ISNA and the Orwellian-named Terror Free America. If these organizations are really concerned about combating terror and improving American-Islamic relations, this study clearly demonstrates that they had better start working on the Islamic side of the equation.
Patrick Poole is an occasional contributor to American Thinker. He maintains a blog, Existential Space.
Dragon’ Soldiers Seize, Destroy Bomb Factory
12 Jun 07
BAGHDAD — Baghdad soldiers seized a bomb-making factory, along with another large weapons cache while on patrol in the eastern portion of the Rashid District of the Iraqi capital June 11.
“This is tremendous work by our soldiers to take more than 300 (improvised explosive devices) off the streets,” said Col. Ricky D.Gibbs, commander of 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division.
Troops from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, and Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, attached to the 4th IBCT, discovered the factory, a complex of small buildings deep in the thick palm groves of East Rashid, after receiving word of the objective’s location from other Coalition Forces.
The find consisted of one vehicle wired and loaded with explosives as a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device; 54 82mm mortars; 27 155mm artillery shells; one 500-pound bomb; 64 anti-tank mines; two 200-pound bombs; three 100-pound bombs; 30 130mm projectiles; 30 hand grenades; 200 artillery boosters; 10 40mm rounds; one bag of blasting caps; one rocket of unknown caliber and origin; one bag of booster charges; six bags of propellant; 300 five-gallon cans of nitric acid used to make homemade explosives; one bag of breaching charges and 15 bags of anti-personnel mines with 100 mines per bag. Also found in the cache was enough wiring and bomb-making material to create more than 300 improvised explosive devices.
In a separate cache near the complex, an additional 125 five-gallon containers of nitric acid were found.
Three other vehicles were also found at the site wired as car bombs, but did not contain explosives.
A Coalition explosive ordnance disposal team catalogued the weapons and explosives found and will dispose of them properly, preventing them from being used against innocent Iraqi people or Iraqi Security and Coalition Force personnel.
“This find further emphasizes our ability to get after the extremists and take away their tools of destruction, as none of these weapons and explosives will ever be used to harm others,” Gibbs said.
Photo – Electrical wiring and other components used to make improvised explosive devices were discovered by troops from the Multi-National Division – Baghdad in a bomb-making “factory” in Baghdad’s East Rashid District June 11. Components seized were enough to build 300 IEDs. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ben Washburn.
by Bob Parks
Unlike our political counterparts who are too intelligent to waste time to hear or read what the other side is saying, I am always curious as to what liberals are thinking.
With that, I subscribe to the Media Matters daily updates. With that, there is one constant with every new daily entry they off up: the media and conservatives “mislead.” There are some newsletters where every other line has the word “mislead” or “misled.” It’s as if we’re always misinterpreting a liberal position here, or someone is always mischaracterizing his or her position there.
One of the latest emailings I received laments the fact that a perception has been advanced where Americans may be more conservative than liberal. Perish the thought….
How many times have you heard in the media that America is a conservative country which is becoming more conservative every day? It’s a claim that has been repeated so often by the media it’s become conventional wisdom. Well, Media Matters for America and the Campaign for America’s Future have examined 20 years of independent, nonpartisan polling data to prove that this claim is FALSE.
“FALSE” in all caps.
I’m not sure if America is becoming a conservative country. I know it always was.
“In our new joint report — “The Progressive Majority: Why a Conservative America is a Myth” — we show the conventional wisdom that Americans are overwhelmingly conservative is simply wrong. On issue after issue, a majority of Americans agree with progressives and have for decades.”
» Read the Report and Spread the Word!
Yeah, will do….
Here are some of our key findings from the report:
The role of government — 69 percent of Americans believe the government “should care for those who can’t care for themselves;” twice as many people (43 percent vs. 20 percent) want “government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending” as wanted government to provide fewer services “in order to reduce spending.”
This 69 percent thing could be true, but it also depends how their poll question was phrased. If someone were to ask you, “Some people think the government should provide fewer services, even in areas such as health and education, in order to reduce spending. Other people feel that it is important for the government to provide many more services even if it means an increase in spending. Where would you place yourself on this scale, or haven’t you thought much about this?” Of course, a responder would say the government should help fund services, such as health and education. America has always been a charitable and compassionate nation.
Now if the question was, “Should the government continue to fund wasteful programs or those that make more people dependent?” I’d be willing to bet the responders would respond in the negative. Simply stated, Media Matters is implying that a “Progressive America” wants bigger government.
That is misleading.
The economy — 77 percent of Americans think Congress should increase the minimum wage; 66 percent believe “upper-income people” pay too little in taxes; 53 percent feel the Bush tax cuts have failed because they have increased the deficit and caused cuts in government programs.
Class warfare is a tried-and-true tactic that’s getting real old.
According to the Media Matters poll, while 66 percent believe the rich weren’t being soaked enough, they didn’t tell the newsletter readers that 53 percent of responders believe they are paying too much.
That is misleading.
Sounds like some people have something in common with the rich, unlike the perception being pushed by Media Matters that we hate the rich bastards’ guts. Also, Media Matters is echoing the notion that the Bush tax cuts have increased the deficit and caused cuts in government programs.
Only a spoiled brat covering his or her ears while screaming would not know that tax cuts are what have always reduced the deficit. When people have more of their own hard-earned dollars in their wallets, the spend more, thus record amounts of money is coming into a government that doesn’t create or do anything but confiscate our money by threat of imprisonment.
And what government programs have been cut that aren’t wasteful…?
Social issues — 61 percent of Americans support embryonic stem cell research; 62 percent want to protect Roe v. Wade; only 3 percent of Americans rank gay marriage as the “most important” social issue.
Sixty-one percent of Americans are probably under the impression that embryonic stem cell research has cured illnesses. Can Media Matters name one? Adult stem cells have already produced positive results against juvenile diabetes, produced a lasting 80 percent reversal of Parkinson’s symptoms, as well as spinal cord injury reversals using adult cells from their own nasal tissue. Media Matters forgot to mention facts.
That is misleading.
Security — 43 percent of Americans say we are spending too much on our military; 60 percent feel the federal government should do more about restricting the kinds of guns that people can purchase.
» Read the Report and Spread the Word!
Heard you the first time.
So, “43 percent of Americans say we are spending too much on our military.” Conversely, basic math dictates that 57 percent of America thinks we’re spending either enough or not enough.
And the restricting of “the kinds of guns” thing is about assault weapons, not gun control. Most people have problems with ordinary citizens packing AK-47s. Ask if they want to restrict the right of a woman to be able to protect herself from a rapist with a .38….
The environment — 75 percent of Americans would be wiling to pay more for electricity if it were generated by renewable sources to help reduce global warming; 79 percent want higher emissions standards for automobiles.
Okay, to use Media Matters’ favorite word, that was “misleading.” Their poll shows that between 1992 and 2007, “People should be willing to pay higher prices to protect the environment”, the percentage went down from 67 to 60 percent agreeing. Those who disagree went up from 32 t0 37 percent, and I can’t find the 75 percent number. I’m sure it’s there but my conservative eyes are being repelled from the “truth”….
The fact that 79 percent want higher emission standards for cars is no newsflash. Despite what Media Matters would insinuate, conservatives are not for polluting the environment. They would just hope that legislation would not reduce the passenger safety of a purchased automobile just to make the car pollute less. If there can be a happy medium, more power to ya.
Energy — 52 percent of Americans believe “the best way for the U.S. to reduce its reliance on foreign oil” is to “have the government invest in alternative energy sources;” 68 percent of the public thinks U.S. energy policy is better solved by conservation than production.
Tell you what; when alternative energy sources can be produced reliably, people will go for it. However, going to your local diner for their waste fryer oil is not an attractive alternative, especially when that oil becomes a brick in the winter.
Maybe if the federal government could corral the states into accepting one uniform blend of gasoline instead of the many that states require for their individual standards, it may require less time to process and the production could be streamlined. That means lower prices at the pump, imagine that.
Immigration — 57 percent of Americans feel “most recent immigrants to the U.S. contribute to this country” rather than “cause problems.” 67 percent of Americans feel that “on the whole” immigration is a “good thing for this country today.”
So, call someone’s house and ask them a question that should the responder give a negative, you’ve implied they’re a racist. And if 57 percent of Americans feel that recent immigrants contribute more than cause problems, I’d be curious to see an answer if the question was, “Do ILLEGAL ALIENS contribute to this country or cause problems?”, Media Matters would probably not publish those results.
No one has every said “immigration” was bad for the country. “Illegal immigration” pisses people from every socio-economic, ethnic, and political group off. Visit Los Angeles.
Health care – 69 percent of Americans think it is the responsibility of the federal government to make sure all Americans have access to health coverage; 76 percent find access to health care more important than maintaining the Bush tax cuts; three in five would be willing to have their own taxes increased to achieve universal coverage.
» Read the Report and Spread the Word!
Yes, I have skimmed the report and am spreading the word! And liberals call conservatives lemmings taking marching orders….
I would be willing to bet that 69 percent is made up of people who either have the government pay for their healthcare now, or working people who have their healthcare costs deducted from their paychecks and co-pay upon visiting a clinic. However, here in Massachusetts they’ve mandated that everyone have health insurance, or else.
Isn’t it curious how liberals come up with such wonderful ideas, that they have to force you to sign on? Next year at tax time, when those who traditionally didn’t get health insurance because they’re young, healthy and didn’t think they needed it get socked with a $1,500 fine against their tax returns, we’ll see how popular government-mandated health insurance really is.
“As you can see, this is a broad range of issues. And despite the perception given by the media, Americans hold progressive positions on all of them. The independent, non-partisan polling data — gathered over the course of 20 years by sources such as American National Election Studies, the General Social Survey, and Gallup Polls — speak for itself.
“Media Matters for America and Campaign for America’s Future examined not only the top-level conclusions, but the underlying questions asked in each of the surveys. You can click here to view our full findings, complete with supporting materials.
» Read the Report and Spread the Word!
“Even in light of our new report, the media may not be quick to change their tune. That is why it is so important that you help spread the word. Information is power. Click here to let your friends, family members and colleagues know about our findings.
“By spreading the word you can help expose the myth that we live in a conservative America and show people — by using the facts — that you truly are among America’s Progressive Majority.”
Signed, “David Brock, President and CEO Media Matters for America.”
Just to let you know, I’ve disabled all the links Media Matters embedded in their text. You are all educated people and can find them yourselves. Media Matters would never provide links to my columns, so why do I need to provide them with hits to justify their existence…?
What’s obviously so scary to liberals in places like Media Matters is that people are just too ill-informed, thus stupid, to agree with them. A conservative America must be exposed as a myth or spreading their misleading opinions and surveys will be that much harder.
Can’t have that.
Bob Parks is a member/writer for the National Advisory Council of Project 21, VP of Marketing and Media Relations/Staff Writer for the New Media Alliance, and VP of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly
Part II: Senate Continues to Bypass We-The-People
by Sher Zieve
Still unconcerned with supporting the will of the American people, our globalist US Senators are again meeting behind closed doors in order to twist arms for the pro-illegals’ Amnesty Bill. Members of Congress and the President of the United States have, apparently, made the conscious, irresponsible and incongruous decision to—again—go behind the backs of we-the-people in order to affect another end run around us.
Interestingly, virtually every recent poll responses from US citizens, regarding illegal immigration, shows that over 50% of those polled want the border fence to be built and illegals’ entry into the US stopped. The poll numbers against illegal immigration are continuing to rise and do not appear to be political-party based. Of those queried in a recent Rasmussen poll, 69% said they favor an immigration plan that concentrates “exclusively on securing the border and reducing illegal immigration.” Only 20% of those surveyed said they wanted the Senate immigration bill to be passed.
Nevertheless, both the Senate and the Executive Branch of government are hell-bent on pushing it through before the 4th of July congressional recess. If there is any clearer evidence that our elected lawmakers have now decided to apply totalitarian practices against the directives and desires of the legal electorate, I would be interested to know what it is. Congress and our president have essentially declared war against the majority of the American people. Members of the Senate are also telling us that they (both Democrats and RINOs alike) know what’s best for us—as well as their own self-absorbed political careers.
Note: I presume the reason for the Senate’s attempts to shove this amnesty bill down our throats—as quickly as possible—is so that their new voting bloc will be made “legal” before the next general elections. Unfortunately for them, the less-than-intelligent RINOs who will be running don’t seem to be aware of the fact that the new voters will vote Democrat. And the Democrats who will be running don’t seem to realize that the majority of their base doesn’t want a blanket amnesty for illegals either. And, Congress and Mr. President please don’t continue to insult our intelligence by telling us this amnesty isn’t really amnesty. Of course it is.
Of additional interest is that instead of paying any attention to the will of we the people Congress is listening intently to racist organizations who want to annex the US Southwest for Mexico. The racist and reconquista organization La Raza (whose motto is: “For the race everything, for those not of the race—nothing!”) was, apparently, not only allowed to have unfettered input into the Senate Amnesty Bill but, is also reported to have had veto power over it. RealClearPolitics reports that Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) gave La Raza the power of said veto, prior to many Senators having even seen the bill!
The Kennedy-McCain-Bush-Graham Illegal Alien Amnesty Bill has already failed twice. But, our globalist president and members of Congress have now told us that they will pass it—with or without the blessing of legal (native and naturalized) American citizens. Are our own elected officials now competing with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez? Chavez has recently taken over Venezuela’s oilfields, its broadcast stations, banks—and he has even gone so far as to attempt to insinuate himself into the position of the head of that country’s church. If our elected “leaders” are allowed to get away with this illicit sham, the Chavez-way of government could be what we in the USA are looking toward in the very near future.
If you want to stop this open-borders-for-all-time plan of our president and both houses of Congress, it is mandatory that you contact your senators and congress people and tell them a polite but, resounding “No! Do not vote for this amnesty bill!” And we must do it now. We must warn our representatives that they won’t again be elected to office if they vote for amnesty for illegals—and against the sovereignty of the United States of America.
This truly is a bill that has the potential to effect the decision as to whether or not we survive as an independent nation. If amnesty passes—we don’t. Our leaders are already refusing to build the border fence that was approved and funded last year. I wonder where the money went—don’t you?
Sher Zieve is a staff writer for the New Media Alliance, Inc. (www.thenma.org). The New Media Alliance is a non-profit (501c3) national coalition of writers, journalists and grass-roots media outlets.