Saturday, July 15, 2006

Mister Ghost Grills Indigo Red

I have received many, many honors in my 52 years. While I was in High School, I was selected "Boy of the Month" in May 1972. Then there was the award in -- no, that went to someone else. But I was honored for, uhh...No, I guess Boy of the Month was about it. My god! What a sad, pitiful life!

But now, I have a grand honor. Mister Ghost has interviewed little ol' me for The In T View at Iraqi Bloggers Central.

The only known image of Mr Ghost
In this In T View, we feature the very articulate and artistic Indigo Red, hailing from the land of fruit bars and pistachio nuts, California, who covers politics, culture, history and humor in The Further Adventures Of Indigo Red. Take it away, Indigo Red...

MG: Hi Indigo, how did you become aware of Iraq The Model and decide to comment there?

Indigo Red: Oh, gosh, MG, that was such a long time ago. Let’s see...I was reading "Where Is Raed/Salam Pax", "Healing Iraq", and "Riverbend". They announced this new blog called "Iraq the Model" and, like a good little lemming, I followed everybody else and found gold.

MG: Are you as optimistic about Iraq now, as when you first started reading and commenting at ITM?

Indigo Red: No, not at all. I think many of us out here in the free world were very na├»ve about Iraq and Islam. What we expected was that Iraqis would be as married to the idea of freedom and liberty as we are. What we found was a nation and people wedded to the strict dictates of the tribe, the religion, and state dictatorship. In many ways, enthrallment is very liberating – not many personal decisions to be made. Democratic republics demand a great deal of personal choice and hard thought to arrive at those decisions. I’m not so sure Iraqis want to do the hard work for the long-term.

There are signs of change and an apparent unwillingness to go back, but it sometimes seems the choice will be for another strongman. The inclusion in the new Constitution of the clause stating Shariah Law is the basis of Iraqi law (oh, BTW, it can be changed later, wink-wink) does not bode well for the future happiness and well-being of the country’s new incarnation...
Read the rest here along with some really great illustrations.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Dear Palis: The war with Israel is over

A few months ago, Israel voluntarily evacuated the Gaza Strip which the Arabs of Syria Palestina (the original Roman name for the area) understood as retreat, humiliation, and the complete defeat of Israel. Once again, Arabs have shown their propensity for shooting their wad* too soon and never failing to miss an opportunity. Four weeks into the Israeli incursion into Gaza (again) many Arabs are indicating they have learned a thing or two about Israel, the West, 21st century living and how much better off they are once they gave up the Jew addiction.

Youssef M. Ibrahim, a former New York Times Middle East Correspondent, writing for The Jewish World Review has written a letter to Palestinian Arabs and:

Dear Palestinian Arab brethren:

The war with Israel is over.

You have lost. Surrender and negotiate to secure a future for your children.

We, your Arab brothers, may say until we are blue in the face that we stand by you, but the wise among you and most of us know that we are moving on, away from the tired old idea of the Palestinian Arab cause and the "eternal struggle" with Israel.

Dear friends, you and your leaders have wasted three generations trying to fight for Palestine, but the truth is the Palestine you could have had in 1948 is much bigger than the one you could have had in 1967, which in turn is much bigger than what you may have to settle for now or in another 10 years. Struggle means less land and more misery and utter loneliness.

At the moment, brothers, you would be lucky to secure a semblance of a state in that Gaza Strip into which you have all crowded, and a small part of the West Bank of the Jordan. It isn't going to get better. Time is running out even for this much land, so here are some facts, figures, and sound advice, friends.

You hold keys, which you drag out for television interviews, to houses that do not exist or are inhabited by Israelis who have no intention of leaving Jaffa, Haifa, Tel Aviv, or West Jerusalem. You shoot old guns at modern Israeli tanks and American-made fighter jets, doing virtually no harm to Israel while bringing the wrath of its mighty army down upon you. You fire ridiculously inept Kassam rockets that cause little destruction and delude yourselves into thinking this is a war of liberation. Your government, your social institutions, your schools, and your economy are all in ruins.

Your young people are growing up illiterate, ill, and bent on rites of death and suicide, while you, in effect, are living on the kindness of foreigners, including America and the United Nations. Every day your officials must beg for your daily bread, dependent on relief trucks that carry food and medicine into the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, while your criminal Muslim fundamentalist Hamas government continues to fan the flames of a war it can neither fight nor hope to win.

In other words, brothers, you are down, out, and alone in a burnt-out landscape that is shrinking by the day.

What kind of struggle is this? Is it worth waging at all? More important, what kind of miserable future does it portend for your children, the fourth or fifth generation of the Arab world's have-nots?

We, your Arab brothers, have moved on.

Those of us who have oil money are busy accumulating wealth and building housing, luxury developments, state-of-the-art universities and schools, and new highways and byways. Those of us who share borders with Israel, such as Egypt and Jordan, have signed a peace treaty with it and are not going to war for you any time soon. Those of us who are far away, in places like North Africa and Iraq, frankly could not care less about what happens to you.

Only Syria continues to feed your fantasies that someday it will join you in liberating Palestine, even though a huge chunk of its territory, the entire Golan Heights, was taken by Israel in 1967 and annexed. The Syrians, my friends, will gladly fight down to the last Palestinian Arab.

Before you got stuck with this Hamas crowd, another cheating, conniving, leader of yours, Yasser Arafat, sold you a rotten bill of goods — more pain, greater corruption, and millions stolen by his relatives — while your children played in the sewers of Gaza.

The war is over. Why not let a new future begin?

We should, however, not harbor any delusions that any Pali Arab will read the letter or take it to heart. The desire to kill Jews and wipe Israel off the map is just too strong to be abandoned. Especially not at the urging of one whom the Islamofacsist would call an apostate. And besides, who wouldn't want to destroy a vibrant, intellgent society, squander the tecchnology that made the desert bloom, and return whole of the Levant to a barren waste perfectly suited to watching one's children starve to death, but proud nontheless because Jews were killed.

* "Shooting their wad" is a phrase from the days of muzzle loading muskets. After pouring gunpowder down the musket barrel, a wad of paper or cloth was tampt on top, then the musket ball was rammed down to complete the muzzle charge. Often, in the heat of battle, the musketeer would forget to load the ball, ignite the powder, and shoot his wad. The wad then flew off harmlessly into the air and smoke accomplishing nothing.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Zidane: Don't Hurl Generic Insults at My Mum Whom You've Never Met!

"He pronounced very tough words about my mother and my sister. I tried not to listen to him but he kept repeating them,"
Zinedine Zidane (who looks like Jean-Luc Picard, BTW) told French television in explaining why he head-butted Italian defender Marco Materazzi at the final match of the World Cup.

The French team captain, decked Materazzi in the 2nd period of extra time and was shown the dreaded red card (What?! No Indigo Red Card?). Zidane apologized to the millions of kids who had seen the final match adding that he did not regret his action which probably cost the French team the game and the title of World Cup Champions. However, Zidane did deny that Materazzi had called him a terrorist as was earlier reported in the French press and picked up by the rest of the planetary rags.

Good grief! These are grown men kicking a ball around the lawn, for heaven's sake! Insulted his mother and sister! Did Materazzi know Zidanes mother and/or sister? Probably not. So it was just a generic insult that couldn't be ignorred. Good thing Monty Python wasn't on the football Holy Grail pitch:

"I fart in your general direction. Your mother is a hamster and your father smells of elderberries!"

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

Monday, July 10, 2006

It's World War III

The arguements for all positions have been made, refused, and accepted. Is it World War III or World War IV? My vote was for WWIV, but never mind, the debate is over.

It is WORLD WAR III, folks. So says the New York Daily News. Now it isn't that the NY Daily News is the paper of record in U.S. history or diplomacy, but somebody had to call it and NYD did just that. Too many people were already referring to WWIII for WWIV to have even the slightest chance in the first place.

World War III has begun.

It's not perfectly clear when it started. Perhaps it was after the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War ended. Perhaps it was the first bombing of the World Trade Center, in 1993.

What is clear is that this war has a long fuse and, while we are not in the full-scale combat phase that marked World Wars I and II, we seem to be heading there. The expanding hostilities mean it's time to give this conflict a name, one that focuses the mind and clarifies the big picture.
The war on terror, or the war of terror, has tentacles that reach much of the globe. It is a world war.

While it is often a war of loose or no affiliation, and sometimes just amateur copycats, the similar goals of destruction add up to a threat against modern society. Even the hapless wanna-bes busted in Miami ordered guns and military equipment from a man they thought was from Al Qaeda. Islamic fascists are the driving force, but anti-American hatred is a global membership card for any and all who have a grievance and a gun.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.

The Management of Terror: A Plan for Defeating U.S. and Its Allies

Ever wonder what the Islamist enemy is thinking? Well, wonder no more. The Combating Terrotism Center at West Point can answer your questions. It will, however require a lot of reading on your part.

A major bad guy treatise has been translated by William McCants, a specialist in medieval and modern Islamic thought. The Management of Savagery (pdf) by Abu Bakr Naji is a virtual "how to" book on defeating Western philosophy, religion, militaries, governments, etc.

Translation of Major al-Qaeda Book that Outlines Its Plan for Defeating U.S. and Its Allies

The genre of “strategic studies”—the name given by jihadi ideologues to their books and articles on the strengths and weakness of the jihadi movement and those of its enemies—had, until recently, been neglected by Western governments and analysts involved with counterterrorism. In 2004, Hegghammer and Lia called attention to the genre (which they dubbed “jihadi strategic studies”) and usefully commented on its features (Hegghammer and Lia, SCT, 2004). More recently, Brachman and McCants demonstrated how this genre can be used to identify and exploit the weaknesses of the jihadi movement (Brachman and McCants, SCT, 2006—a draft is available online). Despite this growing attention, a full translation of one of these books has not been publicly available.

From the book:

"The jihadi movement had been unsuccessful in the past because the superpowers propped up ... proxy governments and convinced the masses through the media that they were invincible. The solution, Naji says, is to provoke a superpower into invading the Middle East directly. This will result in a great propaganda victory for the jihadis because the people will
1) be impressed that the jihadis are directly fighting a superpower,
2) be outraged over the invasion of a foreign power,
3) be disabused of the notion that the superpower is invincible the longer the war goes on, and, 4) be angry at the proxy governments allied with the invading superpower.
Moreover, he argues, it will bleed the superpower’s economy and military. This will lead to social unrest at home and the ultimate defeat of the superpower."
Anyone reading this book can clearly see how the West (especially the U.S.) has played right into the hands of the Salafists. What the enemy did not anticipate was the power of the U.S. forces. But, that doesn't matter to the enemy; this is a war of time and tey believe the West will eventually tire of the struggle and give up.

Whether the West follows the script as written by Abu Bakr Naji is totally up to the West. Knowing the enemy is the most basic element of warfare. Until we finally decide to know the enemy as intimately he knows us, we will have no chance whatsoever at stopping the violent movement of Islam to dominate the world with fundamentalist Islam.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.