Archive for May, 2007

Qassam blitz takes another life in Sderot

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

Oshri OzOshri Oz, a 36-year old computer technician, was killed while working in Sderot when a Qassam missile struck near his car. Oz was the father of a two-year old girl; his pregnant wife learned that he’d been killed when she saw an internet video and recognized the car.


[Palestinian Prime Minister and Hamas leader Ismail] Haniyeh said on Saturday that Israel was waging a “real war against the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.”– Jerusalem Post

If only he were right!

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Islamic terrorism videos

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

I don’t usually do this.

The following two short presentations by the Terrorism Awareness Project are worth looking at — and forwarding.

What every American needs to know about jihad

What every American needs to know about Jihad

The Islamic Mein Kampf

The Islamic Mein Kampf

Local professor obsessed with Israeli influence on US

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

By Vic Rosenthal

Sasan Fayazmanesh is chairman of the Economics department at California State University Fresno (CSUF), a university that has been called world-class in the misbehavior of its athletes, one of whom was arrested for biting off someone’s lip in a bar fight. But I digress.


If you think you know what’s going on, you are oversimplifying

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Memri reports:

On May 25, 2007, Islamist websites posted a communiqué titled “The Military Commander of the Al-Qaeda in Balad Al-Sham” (“Al-Sham” is the historical term for Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine). The communiqué called the Lebanese military attack on the Nahr Al-Bared refugee camp “a new Crusader war” and demanded that the Lebanese military withdraw its forces from the area of the camp. Lest, the communiqué said, “rivers of blood” would be spilled and “no Crusader will have a safe place in Lebanon.”

This is starting to look like Iraq. If anything, it’s more complicated. Fatah al-Islam and whoever issued this represent radical Sunnis, Hezbollah (and others) the fundamentalist Shiites. The Lebanese government includes members from at least five Christian groups, as well as Sunnis, Shiites (some aligned with Hezbollah, some not), and Druze. The US is apparently supporting the government. It’s interesting that the communiqué refers to ‘Crusaders’:

“Out of the obligation to aid [our brothers], we are sending a clear message to the head of Christianity in Maronite Lebanon… and telling him: Stop your dogs [from harming] our people, and extinguish your cannon. If you do not, you are hereby warned that, starting tomorrow, [no] Crusader will have a safe place in Lebanon, and just as you do harm, so will you be harmed.

It’s not just the ‘Crusaders’, though. The Druze leader Walid Jumbalat recently blamed Syria for being behind the violence, and others have said that Fatah al-Islam is a “creature of Syrian intelligence”. But apparently nothing except Jews gets Muslim anger up better than ‘Crusaders’, and they haven’t (yet) figured out how the Jews are responsible for this.

If you think you know what’s going on you are probably oversimplifying. One thing that is certain: the army is preparing for the final assault on Fatah al-Islam. Either they will turn out to be a tiny extremist group with at most a couple of hundred members that nobody cares about, or they will be the tail that will wag the dog of a much greater struggle between the members of the uneasy Lebanese partnership, with support from Syria, the US, Israel, Iran and who knows who else on the sidelines.

Update [28 May 1408 PDT]: Actually, they have figured out how to blame the Jews.

[Fatah al-Islam leader Shaker] Abssi has claimed that the group’s fight is with “Jews and Americans” and not with Lebanon. In a video statement aired on Al-Jazeera television, he said his group was “not a threat to the security of Lebanon” and accused an unidentified “third party” of starting the hostilities. — AFP

There is considerable concern in Israel that the violence will somehow find its way to the border.

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UK invaded by brain-destroying aliens

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

YNet reports:

Dozens of British architects signed a petition which charges Israel with oppressing the Palestinian people and accuses their Israeli counterparts of being complicit in “unjust action” against the Palestinians…

Architect Will Alsop told Building Design magazine that he and his colleagues felt compelled to act. “This is not against Israel, it’s for Palestine,” he said. “I think the Palestinians are living in a prison. I’d like fellow colleagues in Israel to feel some responsibility about this shabby treatment. Architects are a fairly humanitarian lot and perhaps they could help.”

Having turned journalists like the formerly self-effacing Alan Hart into raving egotistical lunatics, and infecting a large part of the academic population, the aliens have found fertile pasture among members of yet another profession.

The symptoms include loss of the ability to absorb historical knowledge, the delusion that no matter what one’s profession one is an expert in the Middle East, and a total lack of perspective (something which must be painful for architects).

Buttugly PalaceBritish architecture, of course, was never all that great, as you can see here. So possibly their descent into idiocy wasn’t caused by possession by aliens after all, but rather a desire to have someone, anyone, pay attention to them.

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