Tuesday, January 09, 2007

The Australian Caliphate

Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extreme-radical Muslim gang outlawed in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, and most Middle Eastern Muslim countries is hosting a seminar in Australia this month. The group has been banned because of "possible" ties to terrorist activities including the 2005 London bombings. The seminar is to generate support for an Islamic superstate, and recruit radical Mulim extremists.

Hizb ut-Tahrir preaches that the ancient caliphate that occupied Christian lands for 700 years from Spain to Iran shall rise again, this time in Oz, the Land Down Under - Australia. In the promotional video for the January 27 seminar, the gangsters say the world was plunged into darkness March 3, 1924 when the Ottoman caliphate ended under Kemal Ataturk.

The consequences were unimaginable: death, destruction, chaos, exploitation. After 80 years of the absence of the khilafate (caliphate) the Muslim world has awakened from its slumber, and the umma (the community of all the world's Muslims) is ready to resume its political destiny.

From the darkness will emerge a new light.

The caliphate is a political reality. It's imminent. There is a burgeoning Islamic revival, and it's only a matter of time before the caliphate is a state.
Wassim Doureihi, a spokesman for Hizb ut-Tahrir, when asked if he wanted sharia in Australia, said yes, by peaceful means.

Oh! Well, that's different then. Never mind. As long as the destructuon of our countries, societies, the obliteration of our histories and traditions is by peaceful means, go right ahead. No one will notice. Just don't get in the way of the big screen plasma television on Super Bowl Sunday, or there'll be hell to pay.

Read more here.


The Sydney caliphate seminar has been cancelled by a city counsel. "They made strong, negative comments inciting hatred towards women," Bankstown Mayor Tanya Mihailuk said. "Much stronger than Sheikh (Taj al-Din) al-Hilali's comments," she said of the controversial Sydney cleric who caused a storm last year when he likened scantily clad women to meat.

Good on ya, Sydney!

Bagel Blogger in Australia has very good coverage of this nonsense.

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

Monday, January 08, 2007

Iraq to Control Ground Forces in 2007

While the the newly minted Democrat majority is whining "the sky is falling, the sky is falling, the end is nigh", real soldiers are dealing with reality. Speaking for the Multinational Force Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, said the Iraqi government will control it's own ground forces by year's end.

The Iraqi government will have command-and-control of all of its ground forces by the end of 2007, a senior U.S. military officer based in Baghdad predicted today.

The year 2007 "is truly the year of transition and adaptation" for Iraq, Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters at a news conference in Baghdad.

All Iraqi army divisions will be under Iraqi Ground Forces Command by summertime, Caldwell said. And, all Iraqi provinces, he said, will go back to Iraqi provincial control by the fall.

"So that by the end of the year 2007, a significant year of transition, the multinational force and the U.S. mission here in Iraq will be truly in support of the efforts of the government of Iraq and not commanding and controlling those things, but working as a support mechanism," Caldwell said.

Meanwhile, President George Bush and his advisors are putting the finishing touches on a new U.S. strategy for Iraq. The president is expected to announce the new plan sometime before his State of the Union address, slated for Jan. 23.

The Feb. 22 terrorist bombing of the Golden Mosque religious shrine in Samarra triggered a surge of Sunni-Shiite sectarian violence across Iraq in 2006, a development that has led to the formulation of a new U.S. strategy for Iraq, Caldwell said.

Caldwell pointed out that, despite the violence, the Iraqis have made considerable advances in the past year.

"Iraqis achieved many accomplishments in 2006 that serve as the foundation for future progress," Caldwell pointed out. Over the course of the past year Iraq seated its first democratically-elected permanent government, he said, and the nation also produced a national unity government that represents Iraqis of all religious sects and tribes.

"Iraqis have stepped up and begun taking responsibility for their own security," Caldwell said, noting that responsibility for security in Muthanna, Dhi Qar and Najaf provinces has been transferred to Iraqi provincial control.

"The Iraqi army and police now have overall responsibility for all law enforcement and security activities in those provinces (and) answer to their respective provincial governors and councils," he said.

Just one of Iraq's 10 army divisions was responsible for operations within its own territory at the beginning of last year. Today, 80 percent of Iraq's army divisions are responsible for their own battle space, he said.

Yet, Iraq continues to be plagued by high levels of unacceptable violence, Caldwell said, noting the mayhem has cost the lives of thousands of innocent Iraqis.

And, more than 800 U.S. servicemen and women gave their lives in service in Iraq over the past year, he said.

"The loss of every single one of these brave Americans is a terrible tragedy for a family somewhere," Caldwell said. "Even as we continue to work to secure Iraq and build a better future for the people of this region, we extend our deepest condolences for their loss and for our eternal gratitude to these families for the sacrifice of their loved ones."

The Iraqis and their coalition partners face significant challenges in 2007, Caldwell said. The Iraqis must increase the capabilities and efficiency in their army and police units, he said, while their government must continue to work to reconcile and unify different segments of the population.

Multinational Force Iraq is committed to assisting the Iraqi government by conducting operations and developing Iraqi security forces to provide the stability needed so that Iraq's new political processes can mature, Caldwell said.

"Coalition forces remain dedicated to this mission, and we have not given up on the Iraqis," Caldwell said. "We cannot write off a country where people have not given up on themselves."

The United States has been fighting terrorism and extremism since the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, where 241 servicemembers, mostly Marines, died, Caldwell said. Iraq is another battleground, he said, that is pitting the forces of freedom against those of terrorism and extremism.

"In partnership with the Iraqi people, we are fighting to demonstrate that there is an alternative besides tyranny and extremism for the people of this region," Caldwell said.
Doing good deeds often take more time than the immature can accept. Grown-ups are willing to put in the time, energy, and resources to see the task through to the end. The situation in Iraqanticipated longer than anticipted and cost more, too. And, I'll grant, too many lives than anyone want. In the final analysis, Iraq will have been worth every drop of blood and all the treasure.

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