Monday, November 27, 2006 1:19 PM
As anyone who has read my posts can tell I am anti-Islamic. I am a Christian who is supportive of the Jewish state of Israel. Not because of any millennial belief but because they are a free democracy in the sea of despotism that is constantly nipping away at their borders. I am also not one to compromise my principles. I am no longer a younster just trying to find my way. I am old enough to have learned that sacrificing principles and espousing relativity results in having no self identity. I refuse to make deals with people that I have learned to not trust. I refuse to invite in my house those who would wish me ill. When I make a decision I know is right, I refuse to compromise and will face any consequences that may occur. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a government that does the same.
For forty years I have heard people complain about how we make deals with evil despotic leaders at the expense of their people just so we can make a buck. President Bush does his best to put an end to that and these same people want us to go back to dealing with these evil despots at the expense of their people. Does anybody else see something wrong here? What valid reason is there for sitting down at a table with Iran or Syria? This paper argument of stability is pathetic. Would you consider stability more important than your families future? Would you consider living as a slave acceptable as long as there was stability? Would you agree to live in a nation that allows your house to be raided at midnight to take away your father or mother acceptable in order to have stability in a region? Would you sit by and watch your wife or daughter be raped and declare that at least there is stability?
This is the world we live in. Rapist, pedophiles, and murderers get a pass just so we can have stability. This is worse than putting our heads in the sand. How many Americans would agree to live by the standards that presently exist in the Islamic nations? Give up your $50,000 car, $200,000 house, IPOD, DVD player,and Air Conditioning and live on a dirt floor in a polluted bombed out area hoping that terror gangs don’t get too horny when your daughter is doing the laundry at the river. Stability is overrated. Peace is a non sequitur.
Because our country has split itself between those that are willing to fight for freedom and those who would rather concede defeat we are on the verge of losing stability. As far as I am concerned, if you’re not willing to fight, you don’t deserve freedom. Not the anarchical freedom that people are trying push on us. I am talking responsible freedom. Freedom without responsibility is death. Half of our nation is committing cultural suicide and smiling as they do it.
The Middle East was never stable. It has been a constant state of flux since Rome decide to expand its empire east. The Byzantines and the Ottomans gave an outward appearance of stability but there was internal rumblings the whole time. Iran and Syria are gameplayers that are willing to sacrifice the whole region to attain the power they want. At some point they will be forced to turn on each other. This will only happen after they have defeated the west. If things keep going as they are, this won’t be too far away.
Simple answers. Who is the enemy? Islamists and their enablers. How do you defeat the enemy? Kill them wherever they are. When do you have true peace? When God comes back or man is wiped from the planet. How do we survive until then? Kill the enemy and be on the constant lookout for burgeoning evils.
A simple schmucks take on life.
Germans feel the clutch of terrorist threat
61% surveyed believe Islamic extremists are targeting nation
– Eric Geiger, Chronicle Foreign Service
Thursday, October 26, 2006 (10-26) 04:00 PST Munich, Germany — Early this month, Ibrahim R, an Iraqi who has lived in Germany since 1996, became the first person to be arrested for allegedly disseminating propaganda over the Internet for a foreign terrorist group.
The 36-year-old immigrant posted videos and tape recordings of Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri threatening the West in an online chat room. German officials have pledged to monitor more Islamic Web sites and make more arrests.
In years past, the harsh response by officials in Lower Saxony state might have spurred criticism of state violation of privacy laws. But many Germans no longer see the war on terror as a British-American problem over Iraq.
“The case of that Iraqi suspect just proves we are not living in a safe island anymore,” said Heinz Bruckmoser, a retired mechanical engineer from Duesseldorf. “It ties in with that failed train attack.”
In July, Islamic extremists tried but failed to blow up two trains in northern Germany. If successful, they could have killed hundreds of people. The plot not only triggered a heated debate on national security but also sparked an upsurge of fear in a nation with some 3.5 million Muslims residents.
“We are threatened by terrorism, and that threat has never been so close,” Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said after the attempted train attacks. “This time we were lucky.”
According to a survey this month by the Demoskopie Institute, the nation’s leading pollster, 61 percent now believe Germany is a target for Islamic militants.
Such fears lay behind the Berlin Opera House’s cancellation of Mozart’s opera, “Idomeneo” after an anonymous threat over a scene that included the severed head of the prophet Muhammad. In less publicized, seemingly absurd reactions, a local school in the central German town of Dillenberg ordered a gymnasium to be darkened when Muslim girls work out there, while law enforcement officials in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia ordered a woman to change the name of her horse from “Muhammad” to “Momi.”
False bomb alerts have become an almost daily routine at many train stations. Sprawling railroad terminals in major cities, including Hamburg, Bonn, Koblenz and Mannheim, have been temporarily sealed off.
“We keep getting calls from worried citizens about what they presume to be terrorist activities,” said a Hamburg police official who spoke on the condition of anonymity in accordance with department policy.
Last month, a two-year dialogue program initiated by the interior minister to integrate German Muslims into mainstream society began between prominent Muslims and government officials
But anti-Muslim sentiment appears to be growing. “We are already beginning to knuckle under to Islam,” said a recent headline in Bildzeitung, Germany’s largest-circulation newspaper, protesting the number of mosques being built in the downtowns of German cities.
Two Lebanese students studying at German universities were identified in August as the main suspects in the failed train attacks. Yousef Mohammed El Hajdid, 21, was arrested in the northern town of Kiel, while 19-year-old Jihad Mamad was detained in Lebanon. Both were identified by video cameras installed at all train stations.
No formal charges have been filed, but investigators say both harbored deep hatred toward Israel, and the West.
And while authorities stress that the overwhelming majority of the Muslim population opposes violence, the domestic intelligence agency Verfassungsschutz, or Guardians of the Constitution, has classified 32,000 Muslims as “Islamic radicals,” including 4,000 described as “violence prone.”
Manfred Murck, a top official of the agency in Hamburg, recently said that 30 of Hamburg’s 100 mosques are being monitored for “suspicious activity,” including the Al-Khuds mosque where Mohammed Atta and his Hamburg cell met daily before the Sept. 11 attacks. These mosques serve as meeting places for “clandestine agencies for Islamic extremist networks,” Murck said.
Elmer Thevessen, a senior editor at ZDF national television network who has worked on numerous documentaries on terrorism, says the most likely converts to radical Islam in Germany are, like elsewhere in Europe, young, second-generation Muslims.
“They often feel isolated, don’t know where they really belong, and often feel contempt for their immigrant parents, accusing them of being interested only in earning a decent living and adapting to German life,” Thevessen said.
Thevessen says they are influenced by radical ideas spread on the Internet and Arabic language satellite TV networks such as Al-Manar, operated in Lebanon by Hezbollah.
“Thanks to Al-Manar, we know all about the horrible crimes committed by Israeli soldiers in Lebanon — the murders of small babies and old sick people — and the massacres by American soldiers of pregnant woman in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said a young man who gave his name only as Mustafa as he played soccer in a parking lot in Freilassing, a commercial center in southern Bavaria.
Norbert Schneider, head of the Broadcasting Regulation Authority in North Rhine-Westphalia state, said he finds Al-Manar’s programs “sordid” and “very alarming.” While Al-Manar is banned in the United States and from a French-based satellite distribution network, there is no legal basis to stop its programs being broadcast in Germany. “They operate in a lawless sphere, and there is nothing we can do about it,” said Schneider.