Day by Day

Monday, July 31, 2006

UK - BBC hires left wingers

Look where The BBC does their recruiting.

BBC Monitoring is a dynamic and respected organisation employing some 500 staff, including linguists, editors as well as technical and IT specialists.

Advertisements for vacancies can be found on the BBC web site at http://www.bbc.co.uk/jobs (location Reading) and in the British national press, particularly on Mondays in The Guardian.


The far left, anti-war and anti-American Guardian!

And look who the BBC hired to train these left wing jurnos.

The Arabic satellite TV channel al-Jazeera says its editor-in-chief has submitted his resignation.

According to an al-Jazeera spokesman, Ibrahim Helal said he had had "a tempting offer" from the BBC.

The charity BBC World Service Trust confirmed that Mr Helal was joining to work on a variety of media training projects over the next two years.

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Lebanon - BBC clueless update

Here's an update to my earlier post.

The BBC report I referenced in that post originally said this.

"The current Middle East crisis began on 12 July after Israel responded to the capture of two of its soldiers in southern Lebanon by Hezbollah fighters."


The BBC report has been stealth edited and now says this instead.

The crisis began when Hezbollah guerrillas seized the two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border raid from Lebanon.


I've got a screen grab of the original and I'll post it when blogger stops acting up.
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UK - The Battle of Brick Lane

and the failure of multiculturalism.

But this sane Bengali majority has been ignored. The filming on Brick Lane has been stopped. Salique brags about his victory. This is only a small infringement – the film will be made elsewhere – but the pattern is yet again affirmed. Instead of holding open the institutions of a free society to support these women as they change their communities, we are allowing reactionaries to intimidate them with threats of force. Bezhti is now unstageable. Hirsi Ali has been driven from Europe.

In London, the police have begun to defend free speech only selectively, telling people under threat from foaming fundamentalist fringes that they “cannot guarantee their security”. When a Muslim man held up the Mohammed cartoons at a Free Speech rally in London earlier this year to demonstrate his support for free speech, he was actually arrested for a “public order disturbance”. When my friends at the Liberal magazine printed the cartoons, they were told by the police they were on their own. What right have the police to decide to abandon chunks of the population to fanatics? Why did they not guarantee the safe passage of camera crews on Brick Lane?

The Battle of Brick Lane has been another small deflating pin-prick for our free speech – and for some of the bravest women in Britain.


There's a lot more of that here.

UPDATE

Related thoughts here.

At the mention of angry young Muslims, the film-makers made for the exit and decided to film elsewhere. Police applauded their caution. The Government kept mum.

The Brick Lane campaigners have won. But at what cost? The dismal stereotype they have confirmed is that in Muslim eyes censorship is acceptable, criticism not; that young Muslim men are hotheads ready to resort to violence in any disagreement. It’s a collective character assassination far more damaging than Ms Ali’s writing.

The consequences will be dire. The caving in by Ruby Films, with the authorities’ approval, issues a warning to all artists: when it comes to Muslim territory — metaphorically and literally — don’t go there.

In Britain, Sikh and Hindu protests have shut down plays and exhibitions; in the Netherlands, Theo Van Gogh was killed for his film against Muslim extremism. Unless elected Muslim leaders and the authorities condemn unequivocally the Brick Lane campaign, we risk losing voices such as Monica Ali’s, while gaining martyrs such as Theo van Gogh.

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Islam - al Qaeda's master plan

Here it is.

Naji had hoped that Afghanistan would play out in this manner for the U.S., as it did for the Soviets. Now, Naji places his hopes on Iraq. Once the U.S. withdraws from Iraq, he contends, the jihadis must quickly move to invade neighboring countries.

Some countries are particularly ripe for jihadi incursion: Jordan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Yemen, as well as North West Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. These areas were selected by Al Qaeda because of each region's geographic features, weak central governments, the receptivity of the people and the proliferation of weapons and jihadi propaganda. The plan, according to Naji, is to conduct small- to medium-scale attacks on crucial infrastructure (like oil or tourism), which will cause the government to draw in its security forces. Chaos or "savagery" will erupt in the unpoliced areas.

Then, the jihadis will move into these security vacuums and provide basic services to people, who will welcome an end to the instability. The final goal is to establish a single global state ruled by a pious Muslim dictator, the caliph, who will implement a strict interpretation of Islamic law.


Sounds familiar, eh?

UPDATE

Here's the plan in action.

MOGADISHU, Somalia Jul 30, 2006 (AP)— The first commercial flight in a decade departed Mogadishu's newly reopened international airport Sunday, demonstrating how Islamic militants have pacified the once-anarchic capital and much of southern Somalia. [...]

The prime minister of Somalia's largely powerless government, meanwhile, survived a close no-confidence vote that exposed the divisions in his administration, which watched helplessly as the militants seized power.

The Islamic militia imposed strict religious courts after taking hold of the capital and surrounding areas last month, raising fears of a Taliban-style hard-line regime.


Just like the plan called for.
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Islam - Teaching the kids to hate

Here's another video that speaks for itself.


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Islam - Teaching hate from birth - Video

This video speaks for itself.


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Obsession: What The War on Terror Is Really About

If Loose Change blew your mind, just watch this. This movie explores what all Radical Islamic Extremists, who only make up 10%-15% of the Muslim population, are really trying to do, and how. You have to see this movie to get a real prespective of the problems we have in the world.

US - CAIR's support for terrorism continues

I've posted about CAIR's connections to terrorism here.

Here's a set of videos of Dr. Al-Akhras, Vice Chair of CAIR-National, declining to condemn Hezbollah for their rocket attacks on civilians.

Notice in the videos that these terror supporters are quite happy to exercise their freedom of speech while trying to deny it those who oppose them. Funny how the left always do that.
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Islam - "Faith, hate and charity"

The BBC's John Ware takes a look at London-based charity Interpal and doesn't like what he finds.

Ware also made the "A Qestion of Leadership" program which exposed the terror connections at the Muslim Association of Britain and the Muslim Council of Britain.

It's nice to see the BBC doing it's job from time to time.

The article contains a photo concerning one of the charities Interpal supports, the Dura Islamic society. Here's what Ware notes about the picture.

JOHN WARE: I'm curious about that little sign up there. What exactly is it?

HASHEM RJOUB, ORPHANAGE DIRECTOR: 'Do not disappoint the orphan.' This is a Koranic verse. The Koran encourages us to protect the orphan.

JW: And that red colour coming down the arm and spilling over the world? What does that signify?

HR: By God... It's not clear whether it's blood or not, but in truth it looks like it might be.

JW: It conveys to me a picture of Islam dominating the world, and if necessary through bloodshed.

HR: It's true. This picture expresses the vision of the person who drew it. This doesn't necessarily mean that these things exist. I want to stress that Islam has ruled most of the world without blood. There was no blood, it was through persuasion.


UPDATE

Just finished watching the entire program. Watch it yourself and you'll understand better why London is called Londonistan. Click on the watch Panorama icon on the top left of the page.

UPDATE

More here.
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UK - Whose side is the BBC on? Video

My regular readers already know.


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UK - Justice for Abdul Kahar

According to the BBC Mr. Kahar wants justice for being accidentally shot by the police during an anti-terror raid.

Mr. Kahar would do well to learn an old saying, be careful what you wish for.

A man shot in an anti-terrorist raid faces questioning over the alleged discovery of child pornography images on a computer seized by police.

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Lebanon - Photos: Hezbollah blending with civilians

Here's more proof Hezbollah is using civilian areas to wage war and thus putting surrounding civilians at risk. They call them human shields.





Also, see two videos of Hezbollah using civilian areas here.
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Islam - “Suicide Killers”

I'd love to see this film.

Why is this film especially important?

People don't understand the devastating culture behind this unbelievable phenomenon. My film is not politically correct because it addresses the real problem—showing the real face of Islam. It points the finger against a culture of hatred in which the uneducated are brainwashed to a level where their only solution in life becomes to kill themselves and kill others in the name of a God whose word, as transmitted by other men, has became their only certitude.

What insights did you gain from making this film? What do you know that other experts do not know?

I came to the conclusion that we are facing a neurosis at the level of an entire civilization. Most neuroses have in common a dramatic event, generally linked to an unacceptable sexual behavior. In this case, we are talking of kids living all their lives in pure frustration, with no opportunity to experience sex, love, tenderness or even understanding from the opposite sex. The separation between men and women in Islam is absolute. So is contempt toward women, who are totally dominated by men. This leads to a situation of pure anxiety, in which normal behavior is not possible. It is no coincidence that suicide killers are mostly young men dominated subconsciously by an overwhelming libido that they not only cannot satisfy but are afraid of, as if it is the work of the devil. Since Islam describes heaven as a place where everything on earth will finally be allowed, and promises 72 virgins to those frustrated kids, killing others and killing themselves to reach this redemption becomes their only solution.


Read the rest.
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UK - Radical past of top Whitehall Islamic aide

Just one more reason it's called Londonistan.

DISTURBING details have emerged about the radical background of the chief adviser on Islamic affairs at the Foreign Office.

Mockbul Ali, a 26-year-old civil servant, was involved in a Muslim student group that has published material supporting Palestinian female suicide bombers.


It gets worse. Read the whole disturbing report.

See my earlier post on the governments cozy relationship with Islamists here. And search my blog for the MAB and MCB.
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Lebanon - BBC clueless

According to this BBC report

"The current Middle East crisis began on 12 July after Israel responded to the capture of two of its soldiers in southern Lebanon by Hezbollah fighters."


You see? Israel started the whole current crisis by invading Lebanon where Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers.

Hold on a minute! That's not what happened. According to this BBC report the exact opposite happened.

The Hezbollah raid into Israel, in which eight Israeli soldiers were killed and two were captured, was a stunning and provocative attack.


The BBC's stupidity is just as stunning.

via Biased BBC.
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Australia - Turning a blind eye to the truth

That's what Terry Lane does in this Age report.

Tim Blair has lots of links that exposed this fraud months ago.

See mine here and here.

Tim also has links to other Lane "items".
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Islam - Right showing left the way

Nice to see some on the left starting to wake up and smell the coffee.

And it's nice to see them pointing out radical Islamic groups posing as moderate Islamic groups.

The programme was accompanied by a pamphlet I wrote for the centre-right 'Cameroon' think-tank, Policy Exchange, which identified an ongoing Foreign Office policy to develop links with Islamists abroad and in Britain. I argued that progressives on the left and right of British politics should view this with concern, especially in the domestic context, where mainstream voices were being kept from dialogue with government by groups ideologically linked to Islamists in the Middle East such as the Muslim Brotherhood and its south Asian equivalent, Jamaat-i-Islami. Chief among these is the Muslim Council of Britain, whose leadership has established sympathies for the Jamaat-i-Islami in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Both the Brotherhood and the Jamaat believe in the creation of an Islamic state and the establishment of Sharia law.


I think the word he's looking for is appeasement.

He should have also pointed out the Muslim Association of Britain. Search my blog using MAB and MCB.

It is depressing that so few on the left have been prepared to engage with the issue of the Foreign Office appeasement of radical Islam except to minimise its significance.


Ahh, he found it.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Office seems determined to press ahead with courting radical Islamists. Just this month, the British government paid for Yusuf al-Qaradawi to attend a conference in Turkey to discuss the future of European Islam. At home, it funded two Islamist youth organisations, the Federation of Islamic Student Societies and Young Muslim Organisation, to help run a roadshow of Muslim scholars to tour the country. Fosis and YMO, while condemning violence, are ideological allies of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-i-Islami. It is ironic that conservative thinkers categorise these organisations accurately as part of an Islamist extreme right, while many on the left continue, wrongly, to see them as part of some wider international Muslim liberation movement.


You may recall that terror supporter Qaradawi is the good friend of London's mayor, Red Ken Livingstone.

Will the left wake up before it's too late?

UPDATE

Related report here.

In Britain we have a curious way of fighting terrorism. Blair has called for a war of ideas against fundamentalist ideology, yet the Foreign Office, the intelligence agencies and latterly the Home Office have connived to make London into Londonistan, home to suicide missions abroad and a missionary base for militancy.

Even after 7/7 Whitehall is still giving its ear to radical Islamists at the expense of the vast unradical majority; the security establishment hopes to co-opt “tractable” radical Islamists as it did Sinn Fein/IRA. These clerics don’t, yet, advocate suicide missions in Britain, but approve of them against Israel. Their prestige and influence among Muslims can only grow. If this really were a third world war then on the home front we would be losing.


It is and we are.
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UK - Muslim officers quizzed in hunt for terrorists

The London Times reports.

SCOTLAND YARD has placed one of its Muslim officers on restricted duties while it investigates intelligence that he may have attended a terror camp linked to Al-Qaeda in Pakistan.

The policeman — who firmly denies the allegations — is said by police sources to be one of three Muslim officers questioned in a Yard search for terror “sleeper cells” in its ranks.

The move follows disclosures earlier this month that Islamic terrorist sympathisers had attempted to infiltrate the intelligence services by applying for jobs in MI5.

It raises the risk of terrorist “fifth columnists” passing on information about secret operations and compromising the identities of undercover agents.

The Metropolitan police last week said that it would look at individual cases if there were concerns, but added that it was not reassessing the backgrounds of all its 400-500 Muslim staff.


As of this writing I cannot find this reported by the BBC. Interesting.
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Islam - "It's Jihad, stupid"

Michelle reports.

She notes this from Robert Spencer.

"And once again the media will ignore the question of why a man who describes himself as a Muslim American angry at Israel would think that murder of innocents was an appropriate outlet for his anger. No one will ever consider whether such behavior is encouraged by the texts and atmospherics of Islam, and if so, what can be done about it."

The shooting came a day after the FBI had warned Jewish organizations nationwide to be on alert after Hezbollah leaders in Lebanon and al-Qaida's second in command urged that the war raging in the Middle East be carried to the U.S. However, the law-enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there is no evidence Haq was involved with any group.


"When (if ever) will law enforcement officials realize that it is enough for Zawahiri and others to say this sort of thing? That that in itself is enough to move some Muslims to act? There doesn't need to be any organizational connection for there to be an ideological connection, an identity of motive and goal."


Notice how the BBC continually fail to report that Muslims are behind terror attacks. In fact, after the 7/7 Muslim terror attacks on London, the BBC went further and edited out the word terror and terrorists from their previous report. So, not only does the BBC not want you to know who's behind the attacks, they don't want you to know it's terrorism.
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Israeli forces kill Islamic Jihad leader

The AP reports.

Islamic Jihad said the leader of its militant wing in Nablus, Hani Awijan, 29, was killed by Israeli undercover troops. They came to arrest him while he was playing soccer with friends and relatives, the group said. Another Islamic Jihad militant was also killed.

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US - Roberts and Alito Misled Us

Hey! Doesn't that sound familiar? Oh, yeah. "Bush misled us into war".

So, Bush, Roberts and Alito "misled" the Democrats. If that's true, boy, the Democrats sure are easily "misled", are they no?

I guess North Korea "misled" the Democrats on their nuclear plans. Al Qaeda must have "misled" them on their plans too. You almost feel sorry for Clinton, having been "misled" my Monica. And I'm guessing Rep. Jefferson was "misled" into his bribery scandal. Of course Hillary was "misled" by her fundraising manager when she raised nearly a million dollars illegally. Oh, let's not forget the Democrats were totally "misled" by the UN in the oil for food scandal.

Why would anyone vote for these people who are so easily "misled"? Do the Democrats ever take responsibility for their own actions?

Somehow, this we were "misled" excuse sounds a lot like my dog ate my homework excuse. Lame.
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Israel - moral equivalence

This applies to most discussions about Islam as well.

This is the kind of talk one hears around Madison. If the U.S. or Israel does something violent, you speak only in terms of your horror and righteous anger that we have killed people. If our enemies do something violent, you call attention to their understandable frustration and outrage and our role in making them feel that way.


Yep.
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Saturday, July 29, 2006

US - Video: Media faking stories

I know this has been out for a while but it's still funny. Here's a video of the media caught faking a story.


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US - Video: Why is the left against free speech?

These people claim they are for peace and free speech. But time and time again video evidence proves otherwise.

Why is the left afraid of free speech? They seem perfectly happy to exercise their right to protest but don't want it on film. What are they afraid of?


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Lebanon - Video: Israel destroys rocket truck

Check out this great video of Israel destroying a Hezbollah rocket truck. What I'd like to know is how they got such great close up ground footage of one of these trucks.



Here's another. As I watched, I kept thinking, drop the damn bomb already. The terrorists must have got off a dozen rockets. Also notice near the end at the bottom of the screen, the terrorists running away. I hope they get caught in the blast.


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Lebanon - Has Hezbollah lost?

Too early to tell but this is interesting.
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Afghanistan - Taleban "taking extraordinary casualties."

The BBC seem to have missed this.

Paratroopers have killed more than 700 Taliban fighters during fierce battles in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence confirmed yesterday.

For 10 weeks troops have been in engaged in daily gunfights for control of towns and villages under the sway of insurgent commanders.


And...

Although military chiefs estimated the Taliban strength to be around 1,000 when they arrived in May, they were yesterday reticent about claiming victory as battles are continuing and terrorist reinforcements arrived from Pakistan.


700 out of 1,000 killed in just 10 weeks!

And...

Despite the release of the figures, an MoD spokesman said the mission's purpose was providing security for reconstruction. However, he added: "Every time we meet the Taliban we are defeating them and they are taking extraordinary casualties."


Not quite the "resugent" Taleban the BBC keep telling us about, now is it?
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al Qaeda - "From Spain to Iraq"

Harry's Place notes what al Qaeda's true goals are.
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US - Tony Blair makes the case against terrorism

This is a fantastic speech by Tony Blair. I almost clapped and cheered near the end when he said "We need to stop apologizing for our positions". He's starting to say more things like that lately. He recently said, here in Britain, something along the lines of rejecting British Muslim claims that Britain's policies are causing alienation of British Muslims.



Fox News picked up on the importance of what Blair said.


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UK - Tall stories about Israel

Great article in the Telegraph.

His swipe at the BBC is spot on.

I ask the question, not because I am interested in Sir Peter - he is not an important figure in the current debate, though he may differ on this point. I ask, rather, because his remark seems to me a symptom of a wider unreality about the Middle East, one that now dominates. It tinged the recent Commons speech by William Hague, the shadow foreign secretary. It permeates every report by the BBC.


"a wider unreality " sums up the BBC quite nicely.
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Iraq - 33 terrorists killed

What stands out for me in this report, is how the Iraqi troops rushed to the battle and how well they held their ground.
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Iraq - Citizens' Tips Help Foil Baghdad Attacks

We're seeing more and more of this.

A concerned Iraqi citizen's tip led Iraqi army soldiers to a shop south of Baghdad last night, where they found a munitions cache. Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, investigated the carpentry shop and seized 58 homemade bombs, three rocket-propelled-grenade boosters, and two improvised explosive devices attached to batteries. Iraqi soldiers also detained a suspected terrorist at the site and seven others suspected of plotting an upcoming attack on a traffic control point.

Elsewhere, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers searched three houses last night and seized weapons and a large amount of money in central Baghdad after acting on a tip from an Iraqi citizen.

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Lebanon - The "hiding among civilians" myth

In this day of the internet and blogs, credibility is everything. Mitch Prothero just lost his.

Here is what he has to say about Hezbollah using human shields.

Throughout this now 16-day-old war, Israeli planes high above civilian areas make decisions on what to bomb. They send huge bombs capable of killing things for hundreds of meters around those targets to destroy them, and then blame the inevitable civilian deaths -- the Lebanese government says 600 civilians have been killed so far -- on "terrorists" who callously use the civilian infrastructure for protection.

But this claim is almost always false. My own reporting and that of other journalists reveals that in fact Hezbollah fighters -- as opposed to the much more numerous Hezbollah political members, and the vastly more numerous Hezbollah sympathizers -- avoid civilians like the plague.


I don't have access to the rest of his article but I'm guessing he doesn't name the "other journalists". Here's why.

Here is what "Jan Egeland, UN under secretary general for humanitarian affairs and emergency relief coordinator" had to say on the subject.

"When I was in Lebanon, in the Hezbollah heartland, I said Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending in among women and children,"...


More from Egeland here.

"Consistently, from the Hezbollah heartland, my message was that Hezbollah must stop this cowardly blending ... among women and children," Egeland said. "I heard they were proud because they lost very few fighters and that it was the civilians bearing the brunt of this. I don't think anyone should be proud of having many more children and women dead than armed men."


And the New York Times has this first hand account.

But for some of the Christians who had made it out in this convoy, it was not just privations they wanted to talk about, but their ordeal at the hands of Hezbollah — a contrast to the Shiites, who make up a vast majority of the population in southern Lebanon and broadly support the militia.

“Hezbollah came to Ain Ebel to shoot its rockets,” said Fayad Hanna Amar, a young Christian man, referring to his village. “They are shooting from between our houses.


Then there's this from a UN peacekeeper.

A United Nations peace keeping officer from Canada told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. that Hizbullah used the same tactic to draw fire on the UNIFIL post which resulted in the death of four U.N. observers. "This is their favorite trick," he said. "They use the U.N. as shields."


While not strictly civilian, Hezbollah was using the UN as human shields.

Prothero (is that his real name?) has some explaining to do. But I'm sure Hezbollah appreciates his support.

UPDATE

Perhaps Prothero could explain this video.



Or this one.


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US - Moonbat "child abuse"

Child abuse may be a bit strong, but this certainly isn't nice. It also shows just how the left are.

This comes on the heels of the left wing blogger who threatened a right wing bloggers child.

What is it with the left and child abuse?
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US - Intelligence leak inquiry underway

About time.
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Friday, July 28, 2006

US - Leftist Hate Campaign Against Blogger Gets Deadly Serious

Here is a link filled post detailing how insane some on the left are.

Read the whole thing and be sure to follow the links.

This isn't over yet.
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Lebanon - Cowardly Imams

So much for the vaunted martyrs of Islam.

First it was Bakri trying to flee.

Now, the Imam behind the Muhammad cartoon scandal flees.

Their Muslim supporters must be so proud.
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US - Democrats sumuggled protester into Congress

While the left and right have the right to attend these things, the Democrats knew she would disrupt the speech. That's the Democrats for you.
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US - Michael Moore is a "bitch"

Now this is funny.



Notice how Colmes tries to portray this as an attack on Moore's freedom of speech. These people don't like Moore and have every right to say so. Just as Moore has every right to his freedom of speech. It's only when the right criticize the left that it becomes an attack on their right to free speech.

Colmes tries to interject the Dixie Chicks into the mix. Here again, they are free to express their views and people are free to criticize them. That doesn't mean people want to deny them their right of free speech. If people reject their message they won't attend their concerts. I've seen reports that that is what's happening.

Same in politics. If people reject your message they won't vote for you. Just ask John Kerry.
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Lebanon - Sri Lankan maids stranded by war

The BBC reports on the plight of these people.

In a small town in southern Lebanon, a group of maids have been trapped by the destruction of the local infrastructure and employers who they say refuse to let them leave.

Padma, 22, described her terror to the BBC News website. "We tried to go away, but the employers won't let us. We have been so very scared," she said.

"They won't give us our passports. They want me to continue working here and they won't pay me the rest of my salary if I go now. I have been working for one-and-a-half years but I have only got three months' pay."


That's only part of the story. The New York Times has more, including some disturbing photos.



Thangarasa Jeyanthi, 20, said she was beaten daily while working as a housemaid in Lebanon. She returned with burn marks, cuts and bruises and was put in a government shelter.
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UK - BBC covers up for Hezbollah terrorists

In an initial BBC report on Hezbollah terrorist, Samir Qantar, the BBC report the horrendous details of his terror attack.

Note: This is from the Google cache of the report and is subject to change. I'll post the screen grabs at the end.

Chief among those is Samir Qantar, serving five life sentences for murder after attacking a civilian apartment block in Nahariya in 1979. Danny Haran was killed in front of his four-year-old daughter; the girl's skull was then crushed with a rifle butt. Cowering inside, Smadar Haran accidentally smothered her two-year-old daughter to death as she hid in a cupboard trying to stay silent.


The BBC have now stealth edited out the true horror of his terror attack.

Chief among those is Samir Qantar, serving several life sentences for murder after attacking a civilian apartment block in Nahariya in 1979. A policeman, another man and his four-year-old daughter were killed. A baby girl was accidentally smothered by her mother as she hid in a cupboard.


Kind of puts it in a different light, doesn't it?

Here are the screen grabs in case the BBC stealth edit the cache copy.





via a comment at Biased BBC.
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Israel - BBC bias noted

as it should be.

Just as the BBC showed total disregard for the truth and facts in their reporting of the Katrina disaster, the BBC have the same disregards in the current Hezbollah attacks on Israel.
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Lebanon - BBC: "Cowardly blending"

Not that you need more proof of whose side the BBC is on, but here it is anyway.

One has to wonder what Britain's attitude towards Israel would be if the BBC weren't so biased.
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Iran - Execution of a teenage girl

Nice to see the BBC reporting on barbaric Islamic law.

I saw the program last night. The BBC doesn't reproduce the horrendous images of the results of the lashings.

In terms of the number of people executed by the state in 2004, Iran is estimated to be second only to China.

In the year of Atefah's death, at least 159 people were executed in accordance with the Islamic law of the country, based on the Sharia code.

Since the revolution, Sharia law has been Iran's highest legal authority.

Alongside murder and drug smuggling, sex outside marriage is also a capital crime.
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Being stopped or arrested by the moral police is a fact of life for many Iranian teenagers.

Previously arrested for attending a party and being alone in a car with a boy, Atefah received her first sentence for "crimes against chastity" when she was just 13.

Although the exact nature of the crime is unknown, she spent a short time in prison and received 100 lashes.



And 40% of British Muslims want Sharia law enacted in Britain.

Surprisingly, the BBC even report this.

However, the age of sexual consent for girls under Sharia law is nine, and furthermore, rape is very hard to prove in an Iranian court.

"Men's word is accepted much more clearly and much more easily than women," according to Iranian lawyer and exile Mohammad Hoshi.

"They can say: 'You know she encouraged me' or 'She didn't wear proper dress'."


The old, "it's her fault" defense.

And the left remains virtualy silent on Islam's abuses.

Is the BBC starting to wake up to the danger?
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Lebanon - Why Hezbollah is doomed

Wretchard has some thoughts.

Snippet.

The first question that must be answered in divining IDF intentions in Lebanon is what the center of gravity of the Hezbollah is, because that is what the IDF must be aiming to destroy. The two obvious ones are Hezbollah's ability to influence the Lebanese government and the motor of that influence -- the military force that Hezbollah maintains in the south. A step down we can ask, what is the most important component of Hezbollah's power in the south? Again the answer is easy. It is the Hezbollah cadres themselves. Hezbollah's most precious possession isn't Katyushas, long-range rockets, night vision goggles or antitank missiles or electronic equipment. It is the trained core of its military force. Equipment can be replaced but Hezbollah's cadres represent an expensive, almost irreplaceable investment. In them resides the organizational knowledge of Nasrallah's organization. It embodies man-decades of operational experience against Israel. Rockets can be replaced. The stars of Hezbollah's operational force are less expendable.

From this observation I'm going to say that despite the received wisdom of the newspapers to the contrary, the fighting at Maroun al-Ras and Bint Jbeil have been and continue to be an unmitigated defeat for the Hezbollah. The Hezbollah are doing the single most stupid thing imaginable for a guerilla organization. They are fighting to keep territory. Oh, I know that this will be justified in terms of "inflicting casualties" on the Israelis. But the Hez are probably losing 10 for every Israeli lost. A bad bargain for Israel you say? No. A bad bargain for Hezbollah to trade their terrorist elite for highly trained but nevertheless conventional infantry. Guerillas should trade 1 for 10, not 10 for 1.


While the dynamics may be different in Iraq, I'd say the results are going to be the same - the defeat of the terrorists. Coalition forces are killing or capturing 2,000 - 3,000 terrorists a month while the combined coalition and Iraqi force losses are about 200. A greater than 10:1 loss for the terrorists. Unlike in Lebanon, local Iraqis are providing the coalition with an average of 4,000 tips a month on terrorist activities. This will increase the kill ratio in favor of the coalition.

As more and more of Iraq is secured, coalition forces are being freed up to concentrate on Baghdad. This is why the fighting continues to intensify there. Baghdad will be the end for the terrorists.

The terrorists have been left with no other option than to desperately try and spark a civil war. And while there is a lot of sectarian violence, Iraqis have rejected an all out civil war.

There is a lot of hard work to do in both wars but the outcome will be the same - the defeat of the terrorists.

In a related note, something similar is happening in Afghanistan. Operation Mountain Thrust was launched to clean out the Taleban from their last remaining strongholds. And as in the case of Hezbollah, the Taleban are making the same mistake of trying to defend territory. But there the kill ratio is massively in favor of the coalition. It varies from 25:1 to 50:1 against the Taleban.

Some will say, that may be true, but the Taleban are not the hardened and trained force Hezbollah are. I agree. So why does the left wing media keep portraying the Taleban that way?

Bottom line to all three? The success of all terrorists is to inflict heavy casulties on the enemy using unconventional tactics, while sustaining few terrorist casualties. In all three cases the kill ratio is heavily against the terrorists and is a clear sign they are losing.
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Europe - The sting in immigrations tail

Brussels Journal has some thoughts.

There is obviously a connection here: The less control the authorities have with Muslims, the more control they want to exercise over non-Muslims. As problems in Europe get worse, which they will, the EU will move in an increasingly repressive direction until it either becomes a true, totalitarian entity or falls apart. This strange mix of powerful censorship of public debate, yet little control over public law and order, has by some been labelled anarcho-tyranny.

While Islamic groups in Britain openly brag about how they are going to subdue the country by violent means or call for beheading those insulting Islam, Bryan Cork, 49, of Carlisle, Cumbria, in the Lake District, was sentenced to six months in jail for standing outside a mosque shouting, “Proud to be British,” and “Go back to where you came from.” One British court ruled that even use of the word “immigrant” as an insult could amount to proof of racial hostility.


The proof of what they're saying, if more were needed, can be found here.

Related thoughts here.
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Iraq - Progress report

ATC looks at the Brookings report.

Lot's of stuff MSM never tell you about.
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UN 'shock' at Lebanon bomb deaths

While I'm shocked that this BBC report contains no mention of these emails from those UN observes killed complaining of Hezbollah's use of them as human shields. Or, the fact that they reported the Hezbollah terrorists operating within feet of them and not miles away as the UN originally claims.

Well, I'm not really shocked. We are talking about the BBC after all.

UPDATE

More here.
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US - LA Times circulation plunges

Just as the New York Times continues in steep decline, the LA Times circulation is in free fall.

In addition, liberal's flagship talk radio, Air America, is closing across America.

All of which means, the left wing's message is reaching fewer and fewer people. And that is good news.
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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Lebanon - What was Hezbollah's plan?

In just two weeks Hezbollah has fired over 1400 rockets into Israel. Which is an indication of just how many Hezbollah has stored in Lebanon.

In addition, Hezbollah soldiers are well armed and trained.

Dozens of Hizbullah gunmen armed with antitank missiles and machine guns and geared up in night-vision goggles and bulletproof vests set a trap for a force of Golani infantrymen led by Lt.-Col. Yaniv Asor, commander of Battalion 51. At 5 a.m. Wednesday, Asor and his men asked the Golani command center for permission to enter an area of the outskirts of Bint Jbail. Col. Tamir Yidai, commander of the brigade, gave the green light for the operation.

Asor and his men moved quickly through approximately 15 one-story homes. But as the troops moved through the narrow alleyways, a strong Hizbullah force sent a wave of gunfire and missiles at the force, killing and wounding several soldiers in the first moments of the fight. As Asor and his men fought to regain control of the situation, other Hizbullah cells outflanked them and opened fire on the force as well as other IDF positions in the town.

The battle lasted for several hours during which Asor and his men sustained heavy casualties and killed at least 40 Hizbullah guerrillas, some in gunbattles at point-blank range. Then the evacuation of the wounded began, which lasted six hours due to incessant enemy fire. Four IAF helicopter pilots risked their lives by landing in enemy territory.


The good news is the kill ratio was at least 5:1 in favor of the Israelis.

So, the question is, what was Hezbollah planning to do with all these missiles, armament and well trained army on Lebanese territory just across Israel's border? And since Lebanon allowed the Hezbollah forces to build the arsenal and army in its country, doesn't Lebanon share some of the blame for the current situation?

This would also seem to indicate that at some point, Israel was going to have to deal with the Hezbollah threat massing on its border.

UPDATE

More here.

July 26, 2006 -- JERUSALEM - Israel claimed victory in Hezbollah's southern "capital" yesterday after a battle in Lebanon that uncovered Iranian-made weapons and electronic equipment and left 150 guerrillas dead.

Israeli forces found "war rooms" equipped with Iranian surveillance and eavesdropping gear in Bint Jbail, the main Hezbollah stronghold just inside the border.


Note the kill ratio is much higher than previously reported.
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US - Dean the divider

Dean: End the Divisiveness

July 26

Dean called President Bush "the most divisive president probably in our history."

"He's always talking about those people.


Dean: Katherine Harris is a crook and he compared her to Stalin.

July 26

The Democratic National Committee chairman also called Republican Senate candidate Katherine Harris a "crook" and compared her to Stalin.


You see? The Democrats will say anything to get elected.
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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Gaza - BBC goes fishing for stories

Look at the bottom of this BBC story.

Do you live in Gaza? Have you been affected by violence in the region? Send us your experiences using the form below. If you are happy to speak to us further please include contact details.


Has the BBC done the same for Israel?
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US - The insane left

Another great thing blogs have done besides exposing the left wing media, is exposing how insane some on the left are.
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Lebanon - BBC reporting abysmal

Read the comments to this post.

In fact, you should be reading Biased BBC everyday.
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Lebanon - Total Destruction of Beirut Hezbollah Illusion

Here's a map and notice how the media are working with Hezbollah to create the illusion.
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Iraq - Newly appointed terror leader killed

Good news.

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed a senior local leader for al-Qaida in Iraq and captured three suspected terrorists during a raid in the vicinity of Bayji Tuesday morning.

The raid successfully targeted the newly-appointed al Qaida in Iraq leader of Bayji, who was reportedly a foreign terrorist. The targeted terrorist was suspected of being a member a local Mujahidin Shura Council for the Bayji area also.

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US - Wilson lied

First read Novak's exoneration of the Bush administration in the Plame affair.

Then read the evidence against Wilson.

Strangely, none of the truth seems to interest the left wing media.
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US - Blog scandal round up and rankings

Allah Pundit's done it for you.

Updates here.

He just did an American one. Otherwise, you would have to include The Aslam Affair.

You could also throw in mine and Biased BBC's continuing struggle against the BBC's stealth editing.

via Instapundit.

UPDATE

This may be a scandal in the making.

UPDATE

Maybe a different category, but let's not forget all the fake media stories uncovered by bloggers.
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US - Bush and Iraqi PM meet

Compare how the US and British press report on their news conference.

First CNN reports.

Now, the BBC.

Quite a difference, eh?

Does the BBC have an editorial page or is the whole website just one big one?

UPDATE

Now, read a transcript of the meeting and see if it bears any resemblance at all to the BBC's "report".

For example the BBC has this to say:

"There was none of the usual talk of American troops standing down as Iraqi troops stand up. "


Really? What do you call this then?

President Bush: "We still face challenges in Baghdad, yet we see progress elsewhere in Iraq. Iraqi security forces are growing in strength and capability, and recently, a key province in southern Iraq was transferred to full Iraqi civilian control. In the midst of all the violence in Baghdad, sometimes a -- success is obscured. And this transfer of a key province is a beginning of other provinces to be transferred to full Iraqi control. It's a sign of progress."


Which, as Bush points out has allowed this:

Bush: "The Prime Minister advised me that to support this plan, he and General Casey have agreed to deploy additional American troops and Iraqi security personnel in Baghdad in the coming weeks. These will come from other areas of the country. Our military commanders tell me that this deployment will better reflect the current conditions on the ground in Iraq."



PM Maliki: "I also expressed my appreciation to the role that's been played by the multinational forces and the exerted efforts to support us and to help us in building our security organizations, to allow our organizations to fully be in control of the security position and the security circumstances.

I agreed with the President to form a joint committee of experts and connections in order to achieve the self-sufficiency for the Iraqi forces. This will allow these forces to bear the responsibility of protecting security and confronting terrorism in our country. And in this field, we have achieved our first and initial success when our forces assumed the responsibility in the Muthanna governorate. This is a very important step, will be followed by similar steps in many other governorates in Iraq."


All of which sounds like "standing down as they stand up" to me.
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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Saudi Arabia Asks U.S. to Intervene in Lebanon

Get in!!

The Saudi foreign minister personally urged President Bush yesterday to intervene to stop the violence in Lebanon, the most direct sign of mounting frustration among key Arab states with what they see as a hands-off U.S. posture toward Israeli strikes against Hezbollah.


Get out!!

"We reject Rice's visit to the Middle East and we will expose its real goals," read the leaflets, signed by the National and Islamic Forces in Palestine.


I was channel surfing the news channels last night and on station after station someone, politicians, reporters, pundits, were chanting the same mantra - the US must get involved. This from the same people that chant another mantra - US out of Afgahnistan and Iraq.

If we get involved we're "imperialists" and if we stay out of it, we're "isolationists".

It's hard to please some people.

Meanwhile, no one else is keen to get involved.

Maybe this is one of those times to let the two principals involved fight it out. Israel was attacked and it's now clear that Hezbollah was building quite a sizeable, well armed force just across the border from Israel. Its purpose? Destroy Israel. Lebanon is paying the price for hosting the devil.
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Lebanon - Hezbollah 'Had Control' of Anti-Israel Piece

The real question is, why does the media do this? Because it fits their left wing agenda.

I saw similar reports on British media.
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Australia - Peace prize winner 'could kill' Bush

That's what this moonbat told school children.

NOBEL peace laureate Betty Williams displayed a flash of her feisty Irish spirit yesterday, lashing out at US President George W.Bush during a speech to hundreds of schoolchildren.

Campaigning on the rights of young people at the Earth Dialogues forum, being held in Brisbane, Ms Williams spoke passionately about the deaths of innocent children during wartime, particularly in the Middle East, and lambasted Mr Bush.

"I have a very hard time with this word 'non-violence', because I don't believe that I am non-violent," said Ms Williams, 64.

"Right now, I would love to kill George Bush." Her young audience at the Brisbane City Hall clapped and cheered.

"I don't know how I ever got a Nobel Peace Prize, because when I see children die the anger in me is just beyond belief. It's our duty as human beings, whatever age we are, to become the protectors of human life."

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UK - National flags ban to be lifted

About time!!

Outdated laws banning the flying of national flags are to be scrapped.

Currently it is illegal to fly a national flag without permission from a local council - unless it is flown from a vertical flagpole. [...]

"The regulations on flags are currently woefully out-of-date and far too bureaucratic," said Ms Cooper. "It is ridiculous that someone could be prosecuted for displaying their national flag."


You got that right.

Anyone know what the law is in Scotland?
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Monday, July 24, 2006

UK - BBC "hammering" Israel?

That seems to be the case, if we this email is genuine.

Note how Sky does much of its work from Haifa and the BBC does it all from Beirut. Note how every piece done by the BBC's Middle East editor, Jeremy Bowen, questions whether or not Israel has carried out war crimes. The correspondents in Israel itself haven't done a bad job. Matthew Price and James Reynolds have acquitted themselves pretty well. But they've sent out Fergal Keane and Jeremy Bowen whose clear agenda is to expose the human tragedy in Lebanon and tell us Israel is a bastard state.

There is no intelligence here, no in-depth questioning of why this conflict has erupted. No discussion of Syria, Iran and Middle East geopolitics. It's a hammer with which to whack Israel.


Sky has had Tim Marshall in Beirut and he's done a pretty balanced job.
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UK - Accused 'helped make test bomb'

As usual the BBC leave out important information in their story.

A man accused of being part of a UK terror cell told police he helped make and blow up a fertiliser bomb on a training session, jury is told.

In a video-taped interview shown to the jury, Salahuddin Amin, 31, said he and co-accused Omar Khyam went on a two-day training course in Pakistan in 2003.

Mr Amin admitted getting "mixed up with terrorists", but told police he did not consider himself to be a terrorist.

He and six other men deny conspiring with a Canadian to cause explosions.


Were they plumbers?
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Iran -HANGED FROM A CRANE AGED 16

The religion of peace at work.
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Islam - Muhajababes

The Observer previews the book.

It sounds like an interesting book and we get a little insight into the BBC.

But how do the region's armies of under-30 video-lovers and haters square up? In early 2005 Allegra Stratton, a young BBC producer, set off on a tour of Beirut, Amman, Cairo, Dubai, Kuwait City and Damascus with the aim of finding out.


And she went with an open mind.

Her findings are less romantic than she had hoped - there are no flower children in Damascus, and Amman's only nude portraitist is, she disappointedly remarks, 'crap'. The verdict is characteristic of Muhajababes, which is written in a jaunty conversational tone that allows Stratton to feel 'rubbish' about 'shit' things, such as the invasion of Iraq or badly produced Arabic music.


Un huh.
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Lebanon - John Kerry jumps the shark

Please, please, oh please let John Kerry be the Democrats candidate in 2008.
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UK "Proverbial Blair"

This is what our telly tax money goes for.

Look how the BBC frame the story.

Might the Prime Minister find solace in some of these sayings?


The implication being that the PM needs "comfort in distress".

And the sayings the BBC suggests?



Ever so subtle, the BBC.
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Afghanistan - Creditors write off Afghanistan's debt

More good news.


KABUL, July 22 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Afghanistan's major creditors have written off $10.4 billion in debt, a further major reduction in the country's debt in the Paris Club, finance ministry spokesman said on Saturday.

Aziz Shams told Pajhwok Afghan News Russia canceled its debt what it said was $10.5 billion. US had $108 million and Germany 40 million debt on Afghanistan. Paris club played a mediator role between in-debt and creditor countries. The U.S. State Department said on July 21 that the agreement means that 92 percent of Afghanistan's total debt to the three Paris Club creditors -- Germany, Russia and the United States has now been written off.

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Iraq - Courtroom battlefield: Update

Add this to my earlier post.

BAGHDAD (AP) — The U.S. military has dismissed all charges against a Pennsylvania National Guardsman accused of killing an unarmed Iraq civilian near Ramadi, finding that the soldier had reason to believe the man had a weapon.

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Afghan forces kill 19 Taliban and arrest 17

Unlike the BBC, al Jazeera gets the story right.

Afghan forces killed 19 suspected Taliban rebels on Sunday as they traded rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire with insurgents in volatile southern Afghanistan.

The fighting in the southern province of Helmand took place 15 km (nine miles) south of Lashkar Gah, as police hunted Taliban militants, said Mullah Amir Mohammed Akhundza, the provincial deputy governor, who led the operation.

Nineteen bodies of militants were recovered, and 17 other suspected Taliban were caught, including two Pakistanis, he said. Hundreds of policemen were involved in the clashes that started early Sunday, said Ghulam Nabi Malakhail, Helmand police chief. Two policemen were wounded.


I keep seeing the Taleban portrayed as re-grouped, stronger and more determined. Strange then that the kill ratio is so high for the coalition. In this case the Taleban suffered 19 killed, 17 captured and who knows how many wounded, while the Afgans took two wounded. That doesn't sound to me like the feared Taleban the media fabricate.
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Iraq - 154 terrorists arrested

Kuwait News Agency reports.

IRBIL, July 23 (KUNA) -- Multinational Forces (MNF) arrested more than 150 insurgents in cooperation with Iraqi security forces south west of Kirkuk northern Iraq, on Sunday.

In a joint military operation, more than 3000 Iraqi and US soldiers besieged Al-Riyadh city and Al-Huwijah, western Kirkuk, in search for Al-Qaeda activists, a statement by the multinational forces said today.

The forces arrested 154 suspected terrorists and seized more than 350 weapons including mortar shells, guns, missiles, and RPGs.

The military operation was in response to the calls of tribal leaders in the two cities who requested the intervention of military forces, especially after a series of terrorist attacks. The operation was also based on specific intelligence information that indicated the deployment of Al-Qaeda members in western Kirkuk.

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Islam - "Holding Islam Accountable"

Refreshingly, we are hearing this call more and more.

As is vividly illustrated by the book's title,Mr. Ajami makes no bones as to where his sympathies lie. By deposing a bloodthirsty tyrant and enabling his brutalized subjects to put him on trial, he argues, the United States has established, for the first time in modern Arab history, "the precedent of holding a ruler responsible for the follies and crimes of his regime," without which there can be no civil society. This, together with the liberation of Iraq's long-oppressed Shiite and Kurdish communities to play their overdue roles in their country's future, has sown the seeds of Iraq's potential transition, if not that of the wider Middle East, to a freer and more and accountable political system.

Mr. Ajami is by no means oblivious to the immensity of the task undertaken by the United States, nor does he preclude the possibility of a colossal failure. On the contrary, as a longtime critic of pan-Arabism, he is keenly aware of the malignant hypocrisies that continue to mar Arab politics to the present day, not least the total indifference of the Arab regimes to the fate of ordinary Iraqis, their tacit endorsement of Islamist terrorism so long as it is not directed against themselves, and their readiness to espouse virulent anti-Americanism despite a heavy reliance on U.S. political, military, and financial support. He is particularly scathing of President Mubarak of Egypt, who "took America's coin but ran afoul of America's purposes," and Jordan's King Abdullah II, a quintessential product of the "elite American prep schools and the ways of modernity" who "opened the door to bigotry, lent it his authority." He is similarly contemptuous of the hypocrisy of Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a spiritual guide of the Muslim Brothers and one of today's most influential Islamic thinkers, who in the summer of 2004 stipulated that the killing of American civilians in Iraq was "obligatory on all Muslims," even as he was living "in the safety in Qatar - among Americans of every profession present in that principality." And when terror came to Qatar the following year - in the form of a car bomb attack on a British theater group performing in the emirate - Qaradawi minced no words in condemning "such criminal deeds."


You may recall Qaradawi is the good friend of London's mayor, Red Ken Linvingstone. Just one more reason it's called Londonistan.
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Iraq - Iraqi citizens and soldiers defeating terrorists

This is happening with greater frequency.

WASHINGTON, July 23, 2006 — Better-trained and more confident Iraqi troops increasingly are taking the fight to the terrorists, and U.S. troops are securing better and more actionable intelligence, thanks to their daily, long-standing efforts on behalf of the Iraqi people, U.S. military officials reported this week.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, killed five terrorists, wounded 13, and detained 47 during a two-hour firefight in Mahmudiyah South on July 21.

The 6th IA soldiers received a report from an Iraqi citizen that 10 to 15 men were attacking a house in Hayy Al Shuhada. The IA soldiers tracked the gunmen to the Hayy Al Askery neighborhood, where a small-arms battle ensued in which five terrorists were killed and the remainder fled the scene in a white truck.


Iraqi troops responding to a tip from an Iraqi citizen that resulted in the elmination of the terrorists.

There's more, read the rest.
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US - 'Chickenhawk'

Next time someone calls you or anyone else a "chicken hawk", have them read this and explain themselves.
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Islam - Muslims want democracy

More proof Bush is right.

Support for bin Laden falls dramatically.

Osama bin Laden's standing has dropped significantly in some pivotal Muslim countries, while support for suicide bombings and other acts of violence has "declined dramatically," according to a new survey released yesterday.
[...]

"Most Muslim publics are expressing less support for terrorism than in the past. Confidence in Osama bin Laden has declined markedly in some countries, and fewer believe suicide bombings that target civilians are justified in the defense of Islam," the poll concluded.


And they want democracy.

The results, which also reveal widespread support for democracy, show how profoundly opinions have changed in parts of the Muslim world since Pew took similar surveys in recent years. The poll attributed the difference in attitudes toward extremism to both the terrorist attacks in Muslim nations and the passage of time since the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
[...]

The new poll also found that growing majorities or pluralities of Muslims now say that democracy can work in their countries and is not just a Western ideology. Support for democracy was in the 80 percent range in Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco. It was selected by 43 percent in Pakistan and 48 percent in Turkey -- the largest blocks of respondents in both countries because significant numbers were unsure.

"They are not just paying lip service. They are saying they specifically want a fair judiciary, freedom of expression and more than one party in elections. It wasn't just a vague concept," Kohut said. "U.S. and Western ideas about democracy have been globalized and are in the Muslim world."


So, globalization has its good points. Now, tell me again who's responsible for this outbreak of democracy yearning?

There's lots more work to be done, but this is progress.
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Islam - The left's "shameful silence on women's rights"

I've been pointing this out for over two years. The left never explain their support for the abuses of Islam.

In the midst of this cultural and moral struggle one element has been conspicuously missing - the feminists - the authors, academics and commentators who rose to prominence as advocates of women's rights. In Australia and Europe, their response to the growing levels of sexual intimidation, harassment or suppression of women by Muslim men has either been a deafening chorus of silence, or denial and blame-shifting.


Instead, the combat has been left to journalists, and the heaviest work has been done, at great risk to themselves, by dissident women inside Islamic culture. Women such as Hirsi Ali, who, before her life in Holland became intolerable and she retreated to the United States, wrote The Caged Virgin, a book in which she comments: "Islam dominated the lives of our family … I was taught that Islam sets us apart from the rest of the world, the world of non-Muslims. They, the others, the kafirs, the unbelievers, are antisocial, impure, barbaric, not circumcised, immoral, unscrupulous, and above all, obscene; they have no respect for women; their girls and women are whores …

"Islam is strongly dominated by a sexual morality derived from tribal Arab values dating from the time of the Prophet … a culture in which women were the property of their fathers, brothers, uncles, grandfathers, or guardians …

"[Yet] the adherents to the gospel of multiculturalism refuse to criticise people whom they see as victims … Criticism of the Islamic world, of Palestinians, and of Islamic minorities is regarded as Islamophobia and xenophobia … I cannot emphasise enough how wrongheaded this is. It is racism in its purest form."
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The most recent and most scathing commentary has come from a British journalist, Melanie Phillips, whose new book, Londonistan, examines the culture which produced last year's terrorist bombings in London by British Muslims. She is outraged by the dangerous hypocrisy of self-styled "progressives": "It is remarkable that the left … with its obsessions with issues like gay rights, equality for women and sexual licence … should have forged an alliance with radical Islamists who preach death to gays, the subjugation of women and the stoning of adulterers. It is an eye-opener to see, on the streets of London, so-called 'progressives' marching shoulder to shoulder with radical Islamists under the metaphorical banner of human rights and the literal banners of Hamas."


More than an eye opener, it's insane.

I've asked repeatedly over the last two years for someone on the left to explain why they support the Islam's abuses. No one has. All they answer in return is how bad Christians or Jews are. That doesn't explain their support for Islam's abuses. If they want to condemn Christians, have at it. But please explain why you on the left support Islam's abuses. Just for a minute leave out the personal attacks, the blame shifting, the "well others are worse" and all the rest of it. Just for once explain your reasons why the left supports Islam's abuses.
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US - Not so peaceful "peace" march - video

It's interesting how violent so called peaceniks are. Here's a report with video and photos of how these people behave.
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Sunday, July 23, 2006

UK - Muslims urged to back Hezbollah terrorists

That's what Massoud Shadjareh of the Islamic Human Rights Commission wants.

A British Muslim activist has called on his supporters to help the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah overthrow the Israeli Government.

The remarks came as senior security sources told The Mail on Sunday Hezbollah could be preparing reprisal attacks against Jewish and Israeli targets in British cities.

Leading London-based Islamic rights activist Massoud Shadjareh said British Muslims could provide Hezbollah with 'financial, logistical and informational support' to attack Israeli installations.


And as I've pointed out many times in the past, people like Shadjareh say one thing to us infidels and the opposite to fellow Muslims.

But the US State Department lists Hezbollah as a terror group and its "External Security Organisation' - its terrorist wing - is banned by UK anti-terror laws. Mr Shadjareh said: "We are not supporting or opposing Hezbollah or anybody else."

However, The Mail on Sunday obtained a photograph of him wrapped in a Hezbollah flag at a rally in Trafalgar Square last year. He said: "The wearing of the Hezbollah flag is neither uncommon nor controversial among human rights activists."


More on Shadjareh's organization here.
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UK - Nuclear "Dirty Bomb" material sent to Iran

The Daily Mail reports.

Border guards seized a British lorry on its way to make a delivery to the Iranian military - after discovering it was packed with radioactive material that could be used to build a dirty bomb.

The lorry set off from Kent on its way to Tehran but was stopped by officials at a checkpoint on Bulgaria's northernborder with Romania after a scanner indicated radiation levels 200 times above normal.

The lorry was impounded and the Bulgarian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NPA) was called out.

On board they found ten lead-lined boxes addressed to the Iranian Ministry of Defence. Inside each box was a soil-testing device, containing highly dangerous quantities of radioactive caesium 137 and americium-beryllium.

The soil testers had been sent to Iran by a British firm with the apparent export approval of the Department of Trade and Industry.

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UK - Omar Bakri Mohammed the coward

Good report by Rod Liddle.

I like his dig at the BBC as well.

Still, Bakri Mohammed’s hilarious discomfort, hypocrisy and cowardice have at least provided a bright spot in the deepening gloom which is Lebanon. I have tuned in every hour, every day, to find out how bad things have become and sadly, on the BBC news programmes (Newsnight and Today excluded), learnt nothing more than the inane and repetitious views of British holidaymakers about to be conveyed from Beirut to Cyprus. I know their views — and also what they are having for dinner, who will be looking after them, how long the passage to Limassol might take and the names of each of their pets back in Blighty.

I cannot remember the BBC ever having so badly misjudged the weight of a story, of missing its import and underestimating the audience. It is the very essence of “dumbing down”. Right now the continuous news channels have got what they always wanted, what they were in fact designed for — the third world war. And they are missing it all in order to tell us that a woman from Wilmslow thinks Israel has behaved in a quite ghastly manner but she’s looking forward to flying home and seeing Pete and the kids.


If he knew how bad the BBC really are he wouldn't watch it all.
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Iran - Fed up with Hezbollah?

The man in the street seems to be.
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Hezbollah "to run the whole Middle East"

The Sunday Times reports.
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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Lebanon - BBC stealth edits Bishops stance

Ed at Biased BBC catches the BBC doing some stealth editing to their report on Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams' stance on Lebanon.

The original headline for the BBC report was: "Bishop slams UK over Middle East"

After the BBC stealth edited the report the headline now reads: "Back peace call, archbishop urges"

I'm not sure what else was stealth edited but Ed has this to say:

I still have the original BBC article open on my computer even as the stealth edit has kicked in- radically. Luckily I quoted the intro [ edit: change of headline spins it very differently].



The current BBC report is here.

Here's a screen shot of a Google search for the original headline.



Now, here's a screen shot of the BBC search for the same headline.



Interesting.
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US - Blogger Media at the Forefront of the Middle East Coverage War

without the left wing bias.
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Lebanon - "Bias at the Beeb" - video

Man it's great to see more and more of America waking up to the bias at the BBC. Here's another report with video.
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Afghanistan close to anarchy, warns general

That's what the Guardian claims the General said. I'd bet money a transcript of his remarks would show something completely different. I'll show you why in a minute but first the fish wrapper's, er, Guardian's report.

The most senior British military commander in Afghanistan yesterday described the situation in the country as "close to anarchy" with feuding foreign agencies and unethical private security companies compounding problems caused by local corruption.


Notice the Guardian only gives us three of the Generals remarks in quotes and then only in reference to "feuding foreign agencies and unethical private security companies" and local corruption. Hell, that describes many places in the world.

The Guardian continues to dice the General's words to fit their agenda.

The stark warning came from Lieutenant General David Richards, head of Nato's international security force in Afghanistan, who warned that western forces there were short of equipment and were "running out of time" if they were going to meet the expectations of the Afghan people.


Note the shortness of the Generals actual words. It's as if the Guardian has something to hide. Exactly what equipment and what expectations are referred to is not revealed to us. How convenient.

Back to the fish wrapper.

The assumption within Nato countries had been that the environment in Afghanistan after the defeat of the Taliban in 2002 would be benign, Gen Richards said. "That is clearly not the case," he said yesterday.


Really? I don't remember anyone anywhere making such an assumption. Here again, the Guardian dices the Generals words to fit their agenda. I'd love to see the Generals words in context. The Guardian has lots of links on the page to all manner of background info on Afghanistan. But none to a transcipt of the Generals remarks. How odd.

The Guardian continues the dicing and has this to say about the Generals remarks.

The picture Gen Richards painted yesterday contrasted markedly with optimistic comments by ministers...


I'm betting the Generals real remarks contrast markedly with the Guardian's report. Because it sure as hell contrasts markedly with Brigadier Ed Butler's report and this AFP headline:

British troops in Afghanistan 'winning' against Taliban: commander


LONDON (AFP) - British troops in southern Afghanistan are winning the fight against the Taliban but there is still work to do until the "tide turns", their commander, Brigadier Ed Butler, said.

Butler, back in Britain on a brief tour to update collegaues on the operation, said officers in Helmand province were now comfortable with the number of soldiers available to them.

Earlier this month, London announced it would send an extra 900 troops to southern Afghanistan to boost its contingent in the region to 4,400 after meeting a fiercer-than-expected resistance from Taliban militants.

The British deployment is due to take control of a NATO-led force in Helmand around the end of the month.

Talking about the mission, Butler said: "We are winning and the plan is sound but the boys are working very hard in some very extreme conditions."

His troops had taken part in some "very successful" operations in Helmand in recent days to tackle the threat from the Taliban.

"It is too early to say that the tide has turned, but we are overwhelmingly defeating the Taliban on every occasion that we have clashed with them," the commander of British forces in Afghanistan said.

"We knew it was going to be tough and we knew that the Taliban would test our resilience and possibly in some cases we have been a little surprised by the ferocity and persistence of the Taliban."


How about it Guardian, care to give us the transcript?

UPDATE

The Guardian's account also contrasts maredly from NATO Chief Jaap De Hoop Scheffer's assesment as well.

I am quite impressed with the amount of building that has already happened,” De Hoop Scheffer said at Tirin Kot military base, home to Dutch and - by August - Australian soldiers, as wind flayed a group of reporters.


And the Guardians report contrasts markedly with this report from the Guardian!

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - NATO's top commander said Friday the alliance likely will expand its Afghan mission by year's end to include the entire country, including the lawless east where militants killed a coalition soldier in the latest fighting.


That's what all the latest action has been about; cleansing the entire country of the Taleban and extending the governments control to the whole of the country. The Taleban haven't regrouped or become more resurgent. The Taleban are being hunted down, captured or killed and are fightng back. We are on the offensive and they are on the defensive - and they're losing big time.
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