Friday, November 24, 2006

Nabil Pleads, "Please Save my Life!"

Nabil is trying to escape Baghdad and Iraq. His life is in danger as I write. A few days ago, a mortar round exploded only yards from his home's front door and his bedroom window. Iraqi police shot-up the main gate of the university he attends while he was inside.

Nabil is a friend of ours since the invasion. He writes Nabil's Blog, and we all have watched him grow into a brave young man, but even the brave must be wise enough to know when to leave. His older brother Zeyad writes Healing Iraq and is reporting Baghdad is in the midst of a bloodbath.

Nabil and Zeyad were the people we were trying to help. And they appreciated what was trying to be accomplished. But, it is very clear that the outcome is not what was desired. The religious hatred is far more than any of us can comprehend.

Please read what Nabil has to say and, if you can, donate to Nabil's Escape Fund. Nabil is the kind of person Iraq and the world needs in the aftermath of the conflagration to come.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006
To Whom It May Concern

The reason for writing this letter is that my life is like living-hell, everyday is like a very bad nightmare, I start each day and I can't expect what could happen to me till the end of the day.

I live in fear everyday, I wake up in fear, and I sleep the night in fear too, few days ago I stopped going to college, because the road to college is very dangerous, fake police check-points are everywhere and at any moment they can stop me and ask for my ID and once they see that I'm a Sunni they would have me killed or kidnapped or tortured, because they can figure it out from my name and my address (my district is a sunni district), and the 2nd reason why I stopped going to college, is that in Monday (20th Nov. 2006) two police patrols attacked our college building, and opened fire on the outer gate of the college for nearly 15 minutes, then they stopped after they injured some guards of the college, and they left immediatly without giving excuses for what they did.

The last two months I have experienced a lot of things that I never imagend that I will experience in my life. About two weeks ago, my district was attacked by mortar missiles, we had missiles falling everywhere in the district, destroying houses and killing innocent people, the district was attacked with about 75 missiles in 5 days, one of the missiles fell on the side-walk just two yards away from the outer door of my house, it was shocking and very horrible, about a month ago, gunmen killed a woman who was a hair styler and owns a shop near my house for no reason, they just stopped her in the street when she was closing her shop and killed her, and left her corpse laying on the street, and truly I don't want to end up like that.

After living 3 horrible years in Iraq and witnessing all what I've witnessed, I realized that I can't live in this country anymore, I can't live in a country where some gunmen prevent me from going to school, where corrupted policemen will kill me just because of my religion or what's written on my ID, where religion bigots will have me killed just because I wear jeans, or shorts or because I shave my beard everyday in the morning.

The only thing that I want is to finish my studies, and to work and to create a good life and to be a good man who can be helpful and successful and to live the rest of my life in peace.

New Zealand is a great country, I think it's the best place for me to study and work in, and that I have great friends there whom they offored to support me make my dream happen...As soon as I can have residency Visa to NewZealand.

Please, help me make my dream, Please Save my Life!.

Nabil
22 November 2006

If you're interested in helping me escaping Iraq..you can do that, by donating money, there is a paypal button on the top of side bar on the right.
Thanks to anyone who would help me.

Please help.


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Thursday, November 23, 2006

Exploding Grannys for Peace


Fatma Omar An-Najar blew herself to pieces in the Jabalya area of north Gaza. The 57 year old mother of nine children and grandmother of almost 30 grandchildren attempted to murder Israeli soldiers today; three soldiers were slightly injured.

The terror granny made a martyr video tape for Hamas before her attack. On the video, Granny Fatma was dressed in a chic black suicide belt accessorized with an M-16 assault rifle necklace. Granny Fatma said on the tape she wanted to dedicate her death to Palestinian prisoners held in Israeli jails and to Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas and

I offer myself as a sacrifice to God and to the homeland.
Israeli soldiers ordered the terrorist to stop, but the attacking granny kept coming on. Judging they had no more time, the soldier threw a grenade apparently setting off the boom belt.

Terrorist Granny Fatma's son, Fuad, 31, was ecstatic about dear old Mum's achievement, telling Reuters

I am very proud of what she did. Allahu Akbar (God is greatest).
Former Prime Minister of Isarel, Golda Meir, said Middle East conflict would end when "Palestinian mothers loved their children more than they hate Israelis." One may think Granny Fatma did not add to the possibilty of peace in the Middle East. But, just remember the pride Fuad and the family has for what Mum did. It is so good to see such a close-knit supportive family. Or they really didn't like the old broad.

One thing Granny Fatma has done, however, has been to put an end to the arguments against searching Grandmothers at airports. Thanks, Granny. I feel so much safer now.


Photo coutesy of:
Baleboosteh (really good blog from Australia)



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Thanksgiving: Pilgrims, Indians, and Capitalism


This was broadcast on the radio yesterday as I took my lunch break. The author, reader, and host is Rush Limbaugh reading from his book "See, I Told You So!", Chapter Six page 70, "Dead White Guys or What Your History Books Never Told You."

On August 1, 1620, the Mayflower set sail. It carried a total of 102 passengers, including forty Pilgrims led by William Bradford. On the journey, Bradford set up an agreement, a contract, that established just and equal laws for all members of the new community, irrespective of their religious beliefs. Where did the revolutionary ideas expressed in the Mayflower Compact come from? From the Bible. The Pilgrims were a people completely steeped in the lessons of the Old and New Testaments. They looked to the ancient Israelites for their example. And, because of the biblical precedents set forth in Scripture, they never doubted that their experiment would work.

But this was no pleasure cruise, friends. The journey to the New World was a long and arduous one. And when the Pilgrims landed in New England in November, they found, according to Bradford's detailed journal, "a cold, barren, desolate wilderness," destined to become the home of the Kennedy family. There were no friends to greet them, he wrote. There were no houses to shelter them. There were no inns where they could refresh themselves. And the sacrifice they had made for freedom was just beginning. During the first winter, half the Pilgrims – including Bradford's own wife – died of either starvation, sickness or exposure.

When spring finally came, Indians taught the settlers how to plant corn, fish for cod and skin beavers for coats. Yes, it was Indians that taught the white man how to skin beasts. "Life improved for the Pilgrims, but they did not yet prosper! This is important to understand because this is where modern American history lessons often end. "Thanksgiving is actually explained in some textbooks as a holiday for which the Pilgrims gave thanks to the Indians for saving their lives, rather than as a devout expression of gratitude grounded in the tradition of both the Old and New Testaments. Here is the part [of Thanksgiving] that has been omitted: The original contract the Pilgrims had entered into with their merchant-sponsors in London called for everything they produced to go into a common store, and each member of the community was entitled to one common share.

All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belong to the community as well. They were going to distribute it equally. All of the land they cleared and the houses they built belonged to the community as well. Nobody owned anything. They just had a share in it. It was a commune, folks. It was the forerunner to the communes we saw in the '60s and '70s out in California – and it was complete with organic vegetables, by the way. Bradford, who had become the new governor of the colony, recognized that this form of collectivism was as costly and destructive to the Pilgrims as that first harsh winter, which had taken so many lives. He decided to take bold action. Bradford assigned a plot of land to each family to work and manage, thus turning loose the power of the marketplace.

That's right. Long before Karl Marx was even born, the Pilgrims had discovered and experimented with what could only be described as socialism. And what happened? It didn't work! Surprise, surprise, huh? What Bradford and his community found was that the most creative and industrious people had no incentive to work any harder than anyone else, unless they could utilize the power of personal motivation! But while most of the rest of the world has been experimenting with socialism for well over a hundred years – trying to refine it, perfect it, and re-invent it – the Pilgrims decided early on to scrap it permanently. What Bradford wrote about this social experiment should be in every schoolchild's history lesson. If it were, we might prevent much needless suffering in the future.

The experience that we had in this common course and condition, tried sundry years...that by taking away property, and bringing community into a common wealth, would make them happy and flourishing – as if they were wiser than God,' Bradford wrote. 'For this community [so far as it was] was found to breed much confusion and discontent, and retard much employment that would have been to their benefit and comfort. For young men that were most able and fit for labor and service did repine that they should spend their time and strength to work for other men's wives and children without any recompense...that was thought injustice.' Why should you work for other people when you can't work for yourself? What's the point?

Do you hear what he was saying, ladies and gentlemen? The Pilgrims found that people could not be expected to do their best work without incentive. So what did Bradford's community try next? They unharnessed the power of good old free enterprise by invoking the undergirding capitalistic principle of private property. Every family was assigned its own plot of land to work and permitted to market its own crops and products. And what was the result? 'This had very good success,' wrote Bradford, 'for it made all hands industrious, so as much more corn was planted than otherwise would have been.' Bradford doesn't sound like much of a..." I wrote "Clintonite" then. He doesn't sound much like a liberal Democrat, "does he? Is it possible that supply-side economics could have existed before the 1980s? Yes.

Read the story of Joseph and Pharaoh in Genesis 41. Following Joseph's suggestion (Gen 41:34), Pharaoh reduced the tax on Egyptians to 20% during the 'seven years of plenty' and the 'Earth brought forth in heaps.' (Gen. 41:47) In no time, the Pilgrims found they had more food than they could eat themselves.... So they set up trading posts and exchanged goods with the Indians. The profits allowed them to pay off their debts to the merchants in London. And the success and prosperity of the Plymouth settlement attracted more Europeans and began what came to be known as the
'Great Puritan Migration.' ...

Can you think of a more important lesson one could derive from the pilgrim experience? So in essence there was, thanks to the Indians, because they taught us how to skin beavers and how to plant corn when we arrived, but the real Thanksgiving was thanking the Lord for guidance and plenty -- and once they reformed their system and got rid of the communal bottle and started what was essentially free market capitalism, they produced more than they could possibly consume, and they invited the Indians to dinner, and voila, we got Thanksgiving, and that's what it was: inviting the Indians to dinner and giving thanks for all the plenty is the true story of Thanksgiving. The last two-thirds of this story simply are not told.

... You can go to places where there are famines, and we usually get the story, "Well, look it, there are deserts, well, look it, Africa, I mean there's no water and nothing but sand and so forth." It's not the answer, folks. Those people don't have a prayer because they have no incentive. They live under tyrannical dictatorships and governments. The problem with the world is not too few resources. The problem with the world is an insufficient distribution of capitalism.




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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Muslim Moderates Don't Exist

Tunisian philosopher, Mezri Haddad in a blog entry January 31, 2006, severely criticizes Islamists who have 'have reduced the koran to a nauseating antisemitic lampoon'. If the world had more Muslims of the caliber of Haddad, the Islamofacsists would find no comfort anywhere. The following translation in courtesy of MEMRI.


"Arab Public Opinion... Has Found, in Antisemitism, the Perfect Catalyst For All Its Narcissistic Wounds and Social, Economic, and Political Frustrations"

"The young Iranian president's deliberately outrageous, mortifying, and extremist [statements] aiming at Holocaust denial have provoked stupor and indignation everywhere in the world, with the quite symptomatic exception of the Islamic countries... This deafening silence cannot be explained solely by the fear of suffering from terrorist attacks, as in the heyday of Khomeinist obscurantism. It is also explained by the necessity of getting along with Arab public opinion, which, after years of galvanization by the most reactionary forms of nationalist casuistry and Islamist dogmatism, has found in antisemitism the perfect catalyst for all its narcissistic wounds and social, economic, and political frustrations.

"It must be admitted that some Koranic verses, intentionally isolated from their historical context, have contributed even more to the anchoring of antisemitic stereotypes in Arab-Muslim mentalities. Incidentally, one could say the same about the New Testament, certain passages of which served, in the distant past and the not-so-distant past, to give a theological patina to the most abominable of anti-Jewish persecutions. The Church had to carry out its own 'aggiornamento'... in order to deprive Christian extremists of any evangelical legitimacy.

"All this is to say that the petrifaction of Arab-Muslim mentalities is not at all irremediable - provided that Islamic thinkers show intellectual audacity. Since they cannot purge the Koran of its potentially antisemitic dross, they must closely examine this corpus with hermeneutical reasoning...

"If the West's indignation [at Ahmadinejad's statements] is perfectly understandable and justified, their stupor shows, on the other hand, a certain credulity in their very conception of the Iranian regime. Those who were surprised by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's heinous stigmatizations are the very same people who - distinguishing between the regime and the people who comprise it, and swallowing the fable that there are 'moderate' Islamists and 'extremist' Islamists - have long believed in the normalization of the Islamic Republic [of Iran] and in its ineluctable democratization. As Jesus said [John 20:29], 'Blessed are those who have not seen, and yet have believed'...

"It is true that this rehabilitation of the fundamentalist Iranian regime was possible only following the irruption, on September 11, 2001, of a new, mutant form of the most extreme kind of Islamism: Al-Qaeda and its macabre cortege of candidates for martyrdom... Bin Laden's triumph, his true miracle, consists in not only having given a civilized appearance to hideous theocracies, but also in having given a human, or even humanist, face to neo-fascist movements who aspire to power: Hamas in Palestine... Hizbullah in Lebanon, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, and their alter egos everywhere in the Arab world...

"Like amnesiacs, no one wanted anymore to remember on what ideological substratum this Shiite theocracy rested... What was forgotten was that Islamism - this theocratic, fundamentally totalitarian, and clearly antisemitic ideology -... is doctrinally inalterable. Following the most unexpected geopolitical paths, giving in to the demands of realpolitik, Islamism can demonstrate a great degree of pragmatism in its relations with Western powers. Nonetheless, it will not renounce its strategic objectives: in domestic policy, an obsolete shari'a on all of its subjects; and in foreign policy, hegemonic expansion, international proselytizing, and the eradication of 'the Zionist tumor.' Semantic changes within ideological continuity - that is the essence of Islamist Machiavellianism..."

"One Cannot Reform A Theocracy; One Must Throw It Back Into The Wastebasket Of History"

"It is because people for so long believed in the illusion of an Islamism one can live with... that they had recourse to every possible and imaginable ratiocination in order to make sense of the Iranian president's fundamentally antisemitic diatribes. In this anatomy of anathema, every analytical tool was employed... [but] one has to go back to the original purity of the Khomeini's doctrine in order to understand the congenital antisemitism of the current Iranian president...

"On August 30, 1979, Khomeini declared at Qom: 'Those who demand democracy want to drag the country into corruption and ruin. They are worse than the Jews. They should be hanged. They are not men...' In his pamphlet 'Political, Philosophical, Social, and Religious Principles,' he reproduced all of the stereotypes propounded by Islamist rhetoric...: 'The Jews, may God lay them low, have manipulated the editions of the Koran... These Jews and their supporters have a project to destroy Islam and to establish a Jewish world government.' Whence this categorical imperative: 'Israel, this cancerous tumor, must disappear, and the Jews must be damned and fought until the end of time.'

"But in the meantime, Ayatollah Khomeini could beg Israel for arms and military assistance in order to resist the Iraqi invasion. We can thus easily guess from whom Rafsanjani, Khatami, and the other emblematic figures of 'enlightened Islamism' derived their cynical pragmatism!

"Therefore one should stop viewing the Iranian regime with naive eyes, as some people perpetuate the myth of an opposition between 'reformists' and 'conservatives,' which, while it expresses a real - but utilitarian -political nuance, does not, however, imply a doctrinal antagonism. One cannot reform a theocracy; one must throw it back into the wastebasket of history, from which it never should have cropped up [in the first place].

"In Iran, and in general in the Muslim world, the line of demarcation does not pass between 'moderate' Islamists and 'extremist' Islamists, but rather between theocrats and democrats, between fundamentalists and secularists, between those who have reduced the Koran to a case of nauseating antisemitism and those who, having seized the spirit and put the letter in perspective, know that Jews, like Christians, are Muslims' brothers in monotheism and in humanity, and that the Muslims' God is much more tolerant than the Islamists' divinity..."

Another Muslim telling the West what is really going on and, yet, we still pay no heed. Haddad's words of warning will be ignored because they do not comport with what the Western has-been powers want to hear. While we confab with the butchers, asking them kindly to stop killing our bretren and live peacably, the Islamofascists plot our deaths.

While we negotiate with Syria and Iran to stablize Iraq, those two countries are working to destablize Iraq. Syria sends upwards of 100 jihadis per day into Iraq to kill and maim; Iran sends Revolutionary Guard trainers and IED's. They are also acting quickly to overthrow Lebanon by assassinating Cabinet Ministers, especially the Christian members. Two more dead Ministers and the government will collapse. On Thursday, Hizb'allah will hold nationwide anti-government rallies aimed at toppling the elected government. By next Sunday, Lebanon will be a Hizb'allah controlled state. By the following summer, Israel will again be at war and will probably cease to exist by fall. Such are the fruits of the bitter harvest in negotiating with evil. Nothing of any lasting good can come from negotiating with Iran and Syria or any Islamofascist entity.



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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Bring Back Draft says Democrat Rangel


The draft would be re-instated if Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., gets his way. Rangel, the House Ways and Means Committee incoming chairman, said today that young men and women, upon turning 18 yrs of age, would be required to sign-up for a future military draft. He proposed such a scheme in 2003 and again in 2006, which was immediately attributed the the Bush administration. This time there can be no doubt - the Democrat leadership favors a draft despite their protestations to the current war situation.

In true Democrat fuzzy logic, Rangel tells the Washington Times, he believes his plan would give pause to politicians wanting to enter future wars. Rangel seems to think politicians would be more careful with other people's children if those children were drafted and trained to kill. This flies in the face of history. The American Civil War was fought with conscripts. World Wars I and II were fought with conscripts. The Korean and VietNam Wars were fought with conscripts. Charles Rangel served in the Korean Conflict from 1948 to 1952 with the U.S. Army. He was awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart (Rangel did not shoot himself ala John Kerry.)


There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way.
Rangel's 2003 proposal covered people from 18-26 years of age. The Rangel draft measure proposed this year would have drafted men and women 18-42 years old. Both measures went nowhere in Congress, but got a lot of airtime and print condemning Bush for re-instating the draft which was a complete lie, a lie no Democrat did anything to dissuade.

Polls have repeatedly shown that about 70% of Americans oppose any re-instatement of the draft. Government officials in the Bush Administration say they have no intention to rely upon military conscription again. That doesn't seem to mean much to Rep Charles Rangel. The fired Secretary of Defense Don Rumsfeld told a Congressional committee in June 2005

there isn't a chance in the world that the draft will be brought back.
Rep Charles Rangel may intend to be more careful with the nations young, at least as careful as he will be with the citizen's money as chairman of the House tax-writing committee. Rangel says the U.S. military is being stretched and strained by our overseas commitments. However, he still manages to leave open the option of greater stress to the military and nation.

If we're going to challenge Iran and challenge North Korea and then, as some people have asked, to send more troops to Iraq, we can't do that without a draft.
What does Mr. Rangel mean here? Is he saying that this nation under Democrat administration may attack Iran and North Korea. Neither nation has attacked to United States and neither poses any clear and present danger. Why would a high ranking official of the Democrat Party suggest forceful action against Iran or North Korea? It couldn't possibly be that both nations are ruled by murderous tyrants the world can do without. Nor, could it be because both countries allegedly possess nuclear weapons (i.e., WMD) for which we have no absolute proof, only "best intelligence", nor could it be that Bush has been right all along. Rangel is setting a political trap that is just too obvious. Rangeal baits his trap:
I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft.

This just shows once again the Democrat objections to the War in Iraq are simply because George Bush, a Republican, is in charge. Rangel doesn't give a tinker's dam about the troops. It's a no points situation for Democrats not to lead a war. There is no reason to build a large military force without any purpose other than the spurious reason that large armies of other people's children are less likely to be used. Large armies are always used, otherwise they are seen for what they are - toothless tigers of a nation in decline.






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