Saturday, September 30, 2006

Old News

At around 9pm this evening I was curious to see this story from February 2005 about Saudi municipal elections listed as the second-most emailed story on BBC News:



Shortly after I took the above screencap, the most emailed chart was updated, and a story about the Saudi king from August 2005 was at number 2:



The BBC Editors blog recently noted that an old story about a Sudanese man who was forced to marry a goat suddenly became popular again. I can understand that sort of thing going viral, but... Saudi municipal elections? Can anybody shed any light?

India: ISI behind Mumbai bomb

Accusations against Pakistan's intelligence agency ISI just reached a new level:
Police in Mumbai, India's financial hub, said on Saturday they had cracked the July 11 serial train blasts case and found evidence that Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba was behind it.

"We have solved the July 11 bombings case. The whole attack was planned by Pakistan's ISI and carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and their operatives in India," A.N. Roy, Mumbai's police chief, told a news conference.

ISI or Inter-Services Intelligence agency is Pakistan's military spy agency. The bombing of rush-hour commuter trains and stations killed 186 people and wounded hundreds.
Cue more Musharraf denials.

BBC: "Has Denmark learned its lesson?"

It’s a year since the Danish Mohammed cartoons were first published, and the BBC’s Thomas Buch-Andersen has an article looking at the fallout from the affair. This line stands out:
The question everyone is asking is has Denmark learned its lesson?
Thomas, for one, welcomes his new Islamic overlords.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Another Islamist death threat

FT.com :
A French philosophy teacher has gone into hiding under police protection after receiving death threats for an article he wrote attacking Islam and the Prophet Mohammed.

The teacher, Robert Redeker, was writing in response to the angry reactions around the Islamic world to a lecture by Pope Benedict XVI two weeks ago, in which he drew a link between Islam and violence.
Redeker's article has been removed from Le Figaro's website, but here's a translation. If you've got a blog, reproduce it. (Via Michelle Malkin, where there's much more info) :
What should the free world do while facing Islamist intimidation?

The reactions caused by Benedict XVI’s analysis of Islam and violence highlight the underhanded maneuver carried out by Islam to stifle what the West values more than anything, and which does not exist in any Moslem country: freedom of thought and expression.

Islam tries to impose its rules on Europe : opening of public swimming pools at certain hours reserved exclusively for women, ban on caricaturing this religion, demands for special diets for Muslim children in school cafeterias, struggle to impose the veil at school, accusations of Islamophobia against free spirits.

How can one explain the ban on the wearing of thongs on Paris-Beaches* this summer? The reasoning put forth was bizarre: women wering thongs would risk “disturbing the peace”. Did this mean that bands of frustrated youths would become violent while being offended by displays of beauty? Or were the authorities scared of Islamist demonstrations by virtue squads near Paris-Beaches?

However, the authorization of the veil on the street is more disturbing to public peace than wearing a thong, because it invites complaints against the upholding the oppression of women .This ban represents an Islamization of sensibilities in France, a more or less conscious submission to the diktats of Islam. At the very least it is the result of the insidious Muslim pressure on the minds: even those who protested the introduction of a “Jean Paul II Square” in Paris would not be opposed to the construction of mosques. Islam is trying to force Europe to yield to its vision of humanity.

As in the past with Communism, the West finds itself under ideological watch. Islam presents itself, like defunct Communism, as an alternative to the Western world. In the way of Communism before it, Islam, to conquer spirits, plays on a sensitive string. It prides itself on a legitimacy which troubles Western conscience, which is attentive to others: it claims to be the voice of the oppressed of the planet. Yesterday, the voice of the poor supposedly came from Moscow, today it originates in Mecca! Again, today, western intellectuals incarnate the eye of the Koran, as they have incarnated the eye of Moscow. They now excommunicate people because of Islamophobia, as they did before because of anti-communism.

This opening to others, specific to the West, is a secularization of Christianity that can be summarized thus:the other person must come before myself. The Westerner, heir to Christianity, is the that exposes his soul bare. He runs the risk of being seen as weak. With the same ardor as Communism, Islam treats generosity, broadmindedness, tolerance, gentleness, freedom of women and of manners, democratic values, as marks of decadence. They are weaknesses that it seeks to exploit, by means of useful idiots, self-rigtheous consciences drowning in nice feelings, in order to impose the Koranic order on the Western world itself.

The Koran is a book of unparalleled violence. Maxime Rodinson states, in Encyclopedia Universalis, some truths that in France are as significant as they are taboo. On one hand: “Mohammed revealed in Medina unsuspected qualities as political leader and military chief (…) He resorted to private war, by then a prevalent custom in Arabia (….) Mohammed soon sent small groups of partisans to attack the Meccan caravans, thus punishing his unbelieving compatriots and simultaneously acquiring the booty of a wealthy man.”

There is more: “Mohammed profited from this success by eradicating the Jewish tribe which resided in Medina, the Quarayza, whom he accused of suspect behaviour.” And: “After the death of Khadija, he married a widow, a good housewife, called Sawda, and in addition to the little Aisha, barely ten years old. His erotic predilections, held in check for a long time, led him to ten simultaneous marriages .”

A merciless war chief, plunderer, slaughterer of Jews and a polygamist, such is the man revealed through the Koran.

In fact, the Catholic church is not above reproach. Its history is strewn with dark pages, for which it has officially repentaed. The Inquisition, the hounding of witches, the execution of the philosophers Giordano Bruno and Vanini, those wrong-thinking Epicureans, in the 18th century the execution of the knight of La Barre for impiety, do not plead in the church’s favor. But what differentiates Christianity from Islam is obvious: it is always possible to go back to true evangelical values, the peaceful character of Jesus as opposed to the deviations of the Church.

None of the faults of the Church have their roots in the Gospel. Jesus is non-violent. Going back to Jesus is akin to forswear the excesses of the Church. Going back to Mahomet, to the conbtrary, reinforces hate and violence. Jesus is a master of love, Mahomet is a master of hatred.

The stoning of Satan, each year in Mecca, is not only an obsolete superstition. It not only sets the stage for a hysterical crowd flirting with barbarity. Its importis anthropological. Here is a rite, which each Muslim is invited to submit to, that emphasizes violence as a sacred duty in the very heart of the believer.

This stoning, accompanied each year by the acciedental trampling to death of some of the believers, sometimes up to several hundreds, is a rite that feeds archaic violence.

Instead of getting rid of this archaic violence, and thus imitating Judaism and Christianity (Judaism starts when it abandons human sacrifice, and enters civilization; Christianity transforms sacrifice through the Eucharist), Islam builds a nest for this violence, where it will incubate. Whereas Judaism and Christianity are religions whose rites spurn violence, by delegitimizing it, Islam is a religion that exalts violence and hatred in its everyday rites and sacred book.

Hatred and violence dwell in the book with which every Muslim is brought up, the Koran. As in the Cold War, where violence and intimidation were the methods used by an ideology hell bent on hegemony, so today Islam tries to put its leaden mantel all over the world. Benedict XVI’s cruel experience is testimony to this. Nowadays, the West has to be called the “free world” in comparison to the Muslim world; likewise, the enemies of the “free world”, the zealous bureaucrats of the Koran’s vision, swarm in the very center of the free World.
And via Western Resistance, here's a letter from Robert Redeker to his friend the philosopher Andre Gluksmann:
Dear Andre, greetings. I am now in a catastrophic personal situation. Several death threats have been sent to me, and I have been sentenced to death by organizations of the al-Qaeda movement.

UCLAT [l'Unite de Coordination de la Lutte Anti-Terroriste, the Anti-Terrorism Coordination Unit] and DST [Direction de la Surveillance du Territoire, the domestic anti-terrorism intelligence service] are busy, but....I no longer have the right to stay in my own home (on the websites condemning me to death there is a map showing how to get to my house to kill me, they have my photo, the places where I work, the telephone numbers, and the death fatwa).

But at the same time there is no safe place for me, I have to beg, two evenings here, two evenings there....I am am under the constant protection of the police. I must cancel all scheduled conferences. And the authorities urge me to keep moving. I am an SDF (of no fixed abode?). From here, there follows an insane financial situation, all costs are at my own expense, including those of rents a month or two ahead, the costs of moving twice, legal expenses, etc.

It's quite sad. I exercised my constitutional rights, and I am punished for it, even in the territory of the Republic. This affair is also an attack against national sovereignty - foreign rules, decided by criminally minded fanatics, punish me for having exercised a constitutional right, and I am subjected, even in France, to great injury

Regards

Robert Redeker
Next time someone tells you it's all about foreign policy - show them that.

BBC opinion poll on Afghanistan

From BBC News:
Most people in the UK oppose British military operations in Afghanistan, a survey conducted for the BBC suggests.

Only 31% support the decision to deploy 5,000 troops to fight the Taleban, while 53% of the population are against the move, according to the ICM poll.
The BBC hasn't published the full poll results, and it's not yet on ICM's website. Normally I wouldn't be suspicious (*) but Eddie Mair's report on this evening's PM began like this:
'Do you support or oppose the British military operation in Afghanistan?' 'What would you say are the main reasons for the British troops being there?' Those are, in essence, the questions we asked in special PM opinion poll.
'In essence'? Well, were these the questions asked or not? Come on BBC, show us all of the data.

(*) Yeah OK, you're right - I would

Sandi Toksvig

Today’s Feedback on Radio 4 featured a listener who took issue with a recent edition of the travel programme Excess Baggage in which presenter Sandi Toksvig visited Sudan(*) :
“There is a genocidal civil war going on in Sudan, with government-backed forces murdering the people of the Darfur region. Hundreds of thousands of Darfur people have been killed or displaced. Toksvig’s summing up of Sudan as a wonderful place to visit for tourists - as long as they don’t go where the Sudanese government doesn’t want them to go - quite frankly stinks. They can gawp at ancient monuments, buy loads of souvenirs, prop up the killers of the Darfur people, but not go and see the culture of the people the government wishes to exterminate.”
Toksvig responded:
“I think that you can’t necessarily choose your country to visit because of its human rights issues. If we were to all do that we would be pretty limited in our choice of countries to go to. For my money it would almost certainly exclude the United States...”
With views like this, Toksvig isn’t short of work at the BBC. Apart from Excess Baggage, she also presents the News Quiz (where she spends most of her time laughing at her own jokes), and is a regular guest on the BBC's many panel shows. The Beeb takes good care of its leftie comedians.

(*) Laban at Biased BBC commented on Toksvig's Sudan visit last month.

Update 8pm.This was Toksvig on tonight’s News Quiz :
“It was a report subtitled America’s National Intelligence Estimate - which I’m going to guess is quite low.”
Apart from anything else she’s wrong about the name. “National Intelligence Estimate” (not “America’s National Intelligence Estimate”) is the umbrella title given to all such reports into particular security issues. She had to change the title to fit her crappy little joke about Americans being stupid.

The Telegraph & EU Referendum

The Telegraph isn't happy with EU Referendum over breaches of copyright. They want £70 for every use of image. Does Iain Dale have a licensing agreement? I'm pretty sure I don't. Perhaps this blog does. And this one. And this one. And this one.

Or is the Telegraph Group just gunning for EU Referendum because the blog has been critical of the newspaper's output?

If they really want to start playing silly buggers with not-for-profit bloggers I'll stop buying the paper, and advise others not to either.

Newsnight and the ISI leak

Yesterday I said that I wasn’t impressed with Newsnight’s analysis of the leaked policy paper on Pakistan’s security service ISI. I feel obliged to point out that the programme gave the subject another go last night, and its diplomatic editor Mark Urban has penned an article offering a little more background about the leak:
In June, a small delegation from Britain's Defence Academy travelled around Pakistan, meeting academics, military officers and politicians. Their discussions about how the country might emerge from its current time of troubles naturally touched on many sensitive areas.

When they got back to their offices at Shrivenham in Wiltshire one of the team, an officer on attachment to the academy who had previously served in a sensitive post liaising with the Americans on counter-terrorist matters, set down the team's findings…

Many Pakistani commentators have long suggested that the ISI has been used to maintain the system of military rule by exporting Islamic militancy to Kashmir and Afghanistan.

"Indirectly", the British officer agrees, "Pakistan (through the ISI) has been supporting terrorism and extremism." He suggests that the Americans are fed up with this state of affairs and may withdraw their funding in order to chase Gen Musharraf from office.

Statements of this kind ultimately proved too tempting for someone with access to the Defence Academy's work to resist.

The officer's notes were not classified and were held on a common computer server, allowing many staff open access.

One official at the Ministry of Defence suggested that one reader decided to leak the contents in order to embarrass the Pakistani leader.

The Cameron Tories

House of Dumb notes that “right wing” has become a term of abuse even within the Tory party. One "moderate centralist" wants all the over-50s out too.

Israel warns MSM

The Israeli government has told the heads of foreign news agencies that it's not happy with all the staging and faking of photographs that's going on. I'm pleased to see that Unlucky Home Owner Woman got a bit of a mention. From the Jerusalem Post:
The Government Press Office held a meeting with heads of foreign news agencies earlier this month to protest the doctoring of photographs of the recent Lebanon war and the ongoing conflict with the Palestinians, and warned them that action could be taken against them if this practice continued, The Jerusalem Post has learned…

The director of the Government Press Office, Danny Seaman... spoke of staged photos from the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, such as people standing in front of destroyed homes and falsely claiming ownership and instances in which photographers asked people to "recreate" reported incidents. He also said Palestinian photographers would sometimes tell children to throw rocks or have adults carry children pretending to be injured.

He also referred to photos making damage in Lebanon appear worse than it actually was.

After American Web blogs publicized the doctoring of a Reuters photograph, Reuters fired the freelance photographer and removed all his photos from its archives. The photograph showed a smoky, bombed area in southern Beirut. While the area had been hit in IAF air raids, the photographer added billows of smoke and additional damage to buildings using computer-imaging technology.
Via LGF. From the same blog, also check out this - CNN kissing Ahmadinejad's butt.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

Money for nothing

Hospitals in England face closure, and yet the Department of Health can find funds for Islamic religious tracts. (Hat tip Verity)

Update 10.15am September 30. The pamphlet referred to in Melanise Phillips' article was produced by the Department of Health and an organisation called Communities in Action. Charles Martel points out in the comments that this organisation is itself funded by the London Borough of Southwark and the Home Office. So this religious tract is actually a joined-up waste of money.

Previously in the cash-strapped NHS.

Warum kuschen wir vorm Islam?

Reuters:
A Berlin opera house condemned for cancelling performances of a Mozart work because of concern it might provoke violence by Muslims said on Thursday it might consider staging the production if it had security assurances...

"Why are we bowing to Islam?" read Thursday's front page of the top-selling daily Bild. Inside it showed a photomontage of Berlin's parliament building with minarets and an Islamic crescent superimposed on its central glass dome.



We hear much about the so-called "Arab Street". I get the feeling the Western Street is now making its voice heard too.

Cockroach Hunting

Col. Jeff Bearor (USMC, ret.) :
Whether or not these jihadis are joining the fight now because of the war in Iraq, they would have been in the fight sooner or later. At this point it doesn’t matter to me how the cockroaches got into the light. All that matters now is that it’s much easier to hunt them down and kill them than it was before.

Belgium

Paul Belien reports on another night of trouble in Brussels. He also offers this insight into the left's attitude to Vlaams Belang, the anti-immigration party opposed to the Islamisation of Europe. The lefties are stoking fears that electoral success for VB may inspire violence in the immigrant community:
Meanwhile, Belgian artists warn that a victory of the “islamophobic” Vlaams Belang [Flemish Interest] party in the local elections on October 8th may lead to violence. In an interview in the Dutch-language weekly Knack Magazine this week painter Luc Tuymans says: “In the worst case you will get organised resistance, perhaps even rather violent reactions. I suspect many shopkeepers will have their windows smashed. People do not seem to be aware, but a vote for the Vlaams Belang may have serious consequences. They should realize this before they take a final decision in the voting booth.”
Following four nights of rioting this week, I suspect many shopkeepers will be voting for VB, not against them.
Tuymans is one the artists supporting the free 0110 concerts against the Vlaams Belang. The concerts are subsidized by the Belgian national lottery and are broadcasted on public radio and television. Another artist supporting 0110 is rock singer Arno, who said this week that Brussels is an example for the future of Europe, since it is “one of the only Arab cities which is not in a state of war.”

Last week, self-declared “anti-fascist” activists vandalised a car with Belgian licence plates in Amsterdam. They mistook the vehicle for the car of Vlaams Belang politician Filip Dewinter. The car, however, belonged to a French businesswoman based in Brussels. VB politicians are often the victims of acts of vandalism, including arson attempts. Yesterday the party announced that it has established a fund to reimburse local candidates whose properties gets damaged.
"Anti-fascist". Oh, the irony.

David Aaronovitch: No Excuses for Terror

"Who is really responsible for the suicide bombers that target us? Is it the fault of George Bush or Tony Blair? Are we all somehow to blame? David Aaronovitch, journalist and commentator, has had enough of this argument. He asks how we've got to the point where British Socialists support Islamofascist Terrorism. Aaronovitch explains where the left have gone wrong on Israel, Palestine, the War in Iraq and the War on Terror."
Watch the whole thing at Harry's Place. Recommended.

Update. Last week the same slot was given over to the moonbat viewpoint. You can see "moral philosopher" Ted Honderich's film The Real Friends of Terror here (with guest appearances from the likes of Tony Benn and Jenny Tonge). Hat tip JohnM.

The Taleban and Pakistan

What's going on? The BBC had two scoops about Afghanistan on the same day! First this :
The Taleban are tactically defeated in Helmand, the commander of the UK forces in Afghanistan has said.

Brigadier Ed Butler told the BBC that Nato had inflicted significant casualties on the Taleban who had failed to remove them from the south.
(Does this sentence make sense? - ed.)

"We have killed a considerable number of their mid-level and high level commanders," he said.

And a secret deal has brought a halt to violence in Musa Qala, a district which had seen intense fighting, he added.
This seems a very optimistic assessment given recent reports coming out of Helmand. I hope the brigadier is right.

Somewhat less positive :
The Iraq war has acted as a "recruiting sergeant" for extremists, a Ministry of Defence (MoD) report has said.

The policy paper on Pakistan by a senior MoD official admitted serious failings in the war on terror, the BBC's Newsnight programme has learned.

The report blamed Pakistan's ISI intelligence service for indirectly supporting terrorism and extremism.

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf told the programme he totally rejected the allegation...

On Afghanistan, the paper said the UK went in "with its eyes closed".

The report also reveals that a secret deal to extricate UK troops from Iraq so they could focus on Afghanistan failed when British military leaders were over-ruled.

It blames the ISI for "indirectly supporting terrorism and extremism, whether in London on 7/7 or in Afghanistan or Iraq".

The report also accuses the Pakistan Army of indirectly supporting the Taleban by backing Pakistan's religious parties.
Here are a couple of screencaps showing the MoD's response to Newsnight:





So, has the BBC wilfully misrepresented the notes? Who might want to damage Anglo-Pakistan relations? If ISI is not to be trusted, what about the intelligence it provided in the recent airline terror plot? And what of Omar Khyam, a defendant in the fertiliser bomb trial who recently claimed that he was radicalised at an ISI training camp? Was the policy paper leaked at this time for a particular reason? Was it meant as a warning to Musharaff, or just to embarrass Blair ahead of his meeting with the Pakistani president this week?

Unfortunately, Newsnight didn't offer any analysis of possible motives for the leak (who needs insight when you can run headlines about Iraq being a recruiting sergeant for extremists?) Hopefully someone in the know will be able to shed a bit more light on this than the BBC's flagship TV news programme.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

BBC shows Mo's severed head!

I'm sure most visitors to this blog are already aware of this story (thanks to all who emailed me):
THE bloodstained King of Crete stumbles onstage and holds aloft the decapitated heads of Poseidon, Jesus, Buddha and the Prophet Muhammad. “The gods are dead!” he calls out to the audience.

German operagoers will not be seeing that scene or, indeed, any scene from one of Mozart’s most powerful works. For fear of Muslim anger, the bosses of the world-renowned Deutsche Oper in Berlin have cancelled performances of Mozart’s Idomeneo. The decision has unleashed a storm of disapproval from politicians and writers, who claim that Germany has fatally compromised the freedom of expression...
Suprisingly, the BBC actually showed the scene (very briefly) in its report. Watch here (RealPlayer). Screencap:


That's Mo's head on the right. Amazingly enough, there's been no reaction from any of the alphabet soup of Muslim representative groups in Britain (yet).

Here's a before picture from Berliner Morgenpost:



Michelle Malkin has a round-up of reaction.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Daily Mail nicks blogger's story

Today's Daily Mail reports that Islamofascist Abu Izzadeen has been searching for wives on a website for Muslim matrimonial introductions.

Sound familiar? I picked up on this story a week ago having seen it on Little Bulldogs. Unlike the Daily Mail, I gave credit where it was due. The Little Bulldogs are understandably pissed off that the paper hasn't seen fit to acknowledge their efforts. I wonder if this qualifies for a "Press Plagiarist of the Year" nomination.

(Izzadeen's profile has now been deleted from Muslim Intro's website. Luckily I took screencaps.)

Fertiliser bomb plot

The defence changes.

September 15
:
Mr Khyam, Mr Garcia and Mr Hussain deny a charge under the Terrorism Act 2000 of possessing an article for terrorism - namely 600kg of ammonium nitrate fertiliser between 5 November, 2003 and 31 March, 2004.
September 26:
A man who bought more than half a ton of fertiliser knew it would be used for bombing but thought it would be used in Kashmir not Britain (*), he told a court.

Anthony Garcia, 24, and six other men are on trial at the Old Bailey accused of planning a UK-wide bombing campaign.

He told the court he was asked to buy the fertiliser by co-accused Omar Khyam and thought it had gone to Pakistan.


(*) Yeah, I don’t buy that Kashmir shit either

Sawn-off shotgun "too long" for full jail sentence

More news from Nottingham:
A Man escaped a five-year mandatory jail sentence because his sawn-off shotgun was too long.

A legal loophole meant Darren Randall was only jailed for three-and-a-half years after being caught with £2,500 of cannabis and the gun.

Nottingham Crown Court heard the weapon was six inches too long to make a five-year sentence inevitable...

Nottingham Cemetery U-Turn

Nottingham City Council now says that graves in its new cemetery can face in any direction:
An area in a £2.5m cemetery will be set aside for graves to face east, in line with Christian tradition, the city council now says.

Council leader Jon Collins insists people can be buried in any direction they want at the High Wood cemetery in Bulwell.

The news that graves would face north-east, in line with Muslim tradition, sparked outrage, and the Evening Post has been inundated with inquiries.

Steve Dowling, services director for environment and public protection, had said: "For people of the Muslim faith this fits in with a religious requirement, but it will also ensure a tidy appearance for the site as a whole. Consultation with a wide variety of groups will continue as the cemetery evolves and there will be an opportunity to consider any suggestions and special wishes."

He later added: "Anyone can be buried any way round they like. We have offered to meet representatives of the Diocese of Southwell and will work with them to accommodate their wishes."

Yesterday Coun Collins said: "We have always been mindful of the fact that different faiths have different traditions relating to burial and this is being accommodated.

"There is to be an area in the cemetery where people can be buried east to west just as there is an area for people to be buried in the Muslim tradition.

"All the options will be made clear prior to burial."
I put Steve Dowling's email address on my blog on Saturday. If you sent him a message or contacted the Nottingham Evening Post - well done.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Gordon's Lies

I tried to put Gordon Brown's conference speech through the Drinking From Home lie detector. Unfortunately, the detector wasn't up to the job. Listen here (mp3, 280KB).

Iran's 'Discreet Jews'

The latest article from the BBC's Tehran correspondent finds approval at MPAC:

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"Whatever they say abroad is lies - we are comfortable in Iran - if you're not political and don't bother them then they won't bother you"
Jews who know their place - just the way MPAC likes 'em.

Cherie: Brown Lying

Downing Street is denying it, but Bloomberg has made an update (seen in bold) to explain why it is standing by the story:
Blair's Wife Suggests Brown Misstates Ties to Husband (Update1)

By Carolin Lotter and Robert Hutton

Sept. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister Tony Blair's wife, Cherie, suggested during a speech by U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown that his account of his relationship with her husband was ``a lie.''

Mrs. Blair left the conference hall with her security detail as Brown was speaking to the Labour Party conference in Manchester, England. As she walked through a display area outside the auditorium, Brown was on television monitors, extolling the strength and achievements of his relationship with Blair. ``Well, that's a lie,'' she said, apparently unaware that she was within earshot of a Bloomberg News journalist
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Not that Cherie is telling us anything new. In fact, tonight's Newsnight will show American pollster Frank Luntz testing voter reactions to Brown's recent interview with Andrew Marr:
We tested his interview with Andrew Marr where he denied involvement in a political “coup”. No one believed him. None. It was the single most poorly received moment of the entire evening. In fact, it was the worst received interview I have ever tested in Britain.
Worth watching - sounds like a larf.

World hypocrisy over Israel

Since Israel was founded, millions of Muslims have been killed in conflict but only a tiny fraction of those deaths have occurred as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian dispute. Not a Fish has translated an article from the Israeli newspaper Maariv which highlights the hypocrisy of those who condemn Israel whilst ignoring Muslim massacres elsewhere in the world. Extract (hat-tip to emailer “not in use”) :
The tragedy is that in Arab and Muslim countries a massacre is happening. A genocide protected by the silence of the world. A genocide protected by a deception that is perhaps unparalleled in the history of mankind. A genocide that has no connection to Israel, to Zionism or to Jews. A genocide of mainly Arabs and Muslims, by Arabs and Muslims.

This is not a matter of opinion or viewpoint. This is the result of factual examination, as precise as possible, of the numbers of victims of various wars and conflicts that have taken place since the establishment of the State of Israel up till this time, in which the massacre continues. It is, indeed, death on a massive scale. A massacre. It is the wiping out of villages and cities and whole populations. And the world is silent. The Muslims are indeed abandoned. They are murdered and the world is silent. And if it bothers to open its mouth, it doesn’t complain about the murderers. It doesn’t complain about the perpetrators of these crimes against humanity. It complains about Israel.

Peter Preston on the Ryder Cup

Peter Preston tries to claim the Ryder Cup win as a victory for the EU. A perfect example of a left-liberal, self-loathing white English tosser:
Sport, after all, is supposed an almost automatic test of national identification, as pioneered by Norman Tebbit in his drive to separate Olde Chingford from neo-Karachi. The last big alleged tests of Britishness was who Scottish first ministers (and Scottish aspirant PMs) would support in the World Cup - and who could bear to fly those creepy emblems of St George from their Toyotas and Mitsubishis...

Don't clap too hard. The "us" in Straffan are white and keen on the game because they play it themselves - and Europe, praise be, is not your average golf club. You want a black face? All we've got is Tiger. This Europe leaves a whole load of people out.
But don't discount too far, either. These are the guys, these Irish guys, who know what Europe has done for them. These are the guys, these British guys, who shift instantly to a higher loyalty.
Enjoying golf while white - the bastards! And as for some "higher loyalty" - ask Luke Donald and Paul Casey where their loyalties lie when they're playing in the golf World Cup.

The Ryder Cup is contested between European members of the European Tour and American members of the PGA Tour (and non-EU European nationals are just as eligible for the Ryder Cup as those from EU countries.) I didn’t hear any of the victorious players celebrating "what Europe has done for them". Rather, they were keen to emphasise their pride in the strength of the European Tour. Golf fans understand what the Ryder Cup is about; opportunistic EU cheerleaders such as Preston certainly do not.

Links

I'm just catching up with some online reading following a day off to watch yesterday's Ryder Cup victory.

A few links...

The police will check with the Muslim Safety Forum before making counter-terrorist raids. Similar tip-offs are being demanded by the Murderers' Safety Forum, the Paedophiles' Safety Forum, the Burglars' Safety Forum, the Drug Dealers' Safety Forum...

Moonbat Media has pictures of Saturday's Stop the War/CND/Muslim Association of Britain demo in Manchester. Funny, I can't see any Hezbollah flags or "9/11 was an inside job" banners in the BBC's coverage (RealPlayer).

Hot Air has photos of the disgraceful 'blame America' 9/11 memorial in Arizona.

USS Neverdock has a round-up of reaction to Clinton's finger-wagging appearance on Fox in which he attempted to justify his failure to get bin Laden.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Ryder Cup

A hole-in-one to win a match in the Ryder Cup - how great is that?

Not many sporting events beat this one, and the final day is not to be missed. Light blogging from me tomorrow.

Extreme dhimmitude in Nottingham

Many will have already seen this elsewhere, but for those who haven't, here's a sickening example of cowering, bloodied-knees dhimmitude from Nottingham City Council. From This Is Nottingham:
A multi-faith cemetery will have all its graves aligned with Mecca, despite Christian burials traditionally facing east...

Ancient tradition shows they should look east in anticipation of the second coming of Jesus Christ.

But all headstones at the new £2.5m High Wood Cemetery in Bulwell will be plotted to face north-east, in line with Islamic faith...

Raza Ul Haq, Imam at the Madni Masjid Mosque, in Gladstone Street, Forest Fields, said: "It is part of our religion for dead bodies to face Mecca. It is very important.

"If for the Christians, this is part of their religion that they should be facing towards somewhere else, then we are 200% in support of them. It is our job to help and support them. If that is their requirement, then we will be supporting the Christians."

Steve Dowling, services director for Environment and Public Protection, said many graves in Nottingham often do not follow the tradition of facing east.

He said: "High Wood is a large and beautiful site with room to meet everyone's needs.

"In the first phase of development it has been agreed that the graves will face north east.

"For people of the Muslim faith this fits in with a religious requirement, but it will also ensure a tidy appearance for the site as a whole.


If anybody's interested, Steve Dowling's email address is -
steve.dowling@nottinghamcity.gov.uk
(Try to keep it civil)

Update September 26. Council U-turn.

The BBC - protecting us from the details

Contrasting reports on Major Loden's leaked emails in which he criticizes the RAF. (The major's name emerged after the Independent piece was written.)

The Independent:
The unnamed major gives an example of failure of air support in one of the emails...

"A female harrier pilot 'couldn't identify the target', fired 2 phosphorous rockets that just missed our own compound so that we thought they were incoming RPGs (rocket-propelled grenades), and then strafed our perimeter missing the enemy by 200 metres."

In "contrast" to the RAF, the US air force had been "fantastic", according to the major. "I would take an A-10 over Eurofighter any day," he adds.
The BBC:
But Maj Loden's e-mail gives an example of the RAF's failure to provide air support.

"... Harrier pilot 'couldn't identify the target', fired two phosphorous rockets that just missed our own compound so that we thought they were incoming RPGs [rocket-propelled grenades], and then strafed our perimeter, missing the enemy by 200 metres," it says.

BBC defence correspondent Paul Wood said Maj Loden's comments reflected what officers were saying privately, but their tone and emphasis were at odds with the MoD's official statements.

Other Parachute Regiment officers had told him they prefer to call in American A-10 Tankbusters for air support when under fire because of what they see as the RAF's ineffectiveness, he added.
How nice of the BBC to protect us from Loden’s un-PC remark about the sex of the pilot, and from his specific criticism of the EU's outrageously expensive and not-fit-for-purpose Eurofighter. Isn't it great that the BBC is there to decide what information we can be trusted with?


EU Referendum has some early thoughts on Loden's criticisms, with a promise of "a more detailed look at the Afghan situation later today".



(Hat tip to Gordon Bennet in the comments at Biased BBC for spotting the petty omission of the word 'female')

Friday, September 22, 2006

Crescent moon spotting

Yahoo News:
Iran will employ an aeroplane to spot the crescent moon that signals the start of Ramadan to ensure there is no dispute over when the Muslim fasting month starts, Iranian media have reported.
The BBC version, perhaps...
Iran will defy US sanctions on the purchase of spare parts for its ageing fleet of aircraft by using an aeroplane to spot the crescent moon that signals the start of Ramadan, reports our Tehran correspondent Frances Harrison.

There have been hundreds of plane crashes in recent days, all caused by America, but this will not stop the brave, culturally diverse and highly amusing people of Iran - who also happen to have a wonderful history - from celebrating their religion.

Look into my eyes - Iran doesn't want nuclear weapons. Iran doesn't want nuclear weapons. Iran doesn't want nuclear weapons.

Izzadeen

Abu Izzadeen was on Radio 4’s Today this morning (streaming RAM), and the Muslim Council of Britain isn’t happy. Two priceless quotes from the Times:
"We have received phone call after phone call from moderate Muslims who are appalled that the Today programme gave such an utterly marginal figure this prime-time spot to spout his bile almost interrupted," said Inayat Bunglawala, spokesman for the MCB

[...]

In this morning’s interview, Abu Izzadeen was back on the offensive, accusing the UK and USA of launching a "crusade" against Islam, which he said included the arrests of Muslims in the UK.

"If they don’t stop this, there is going to be a very strong reaction from the Muslim community," he said.

"The British Government should open its eyes...You can only push people to a certain level until they explode."

Plus ca change

Via the excellent Newsbusters:
HANOI, Vietnam - Pham Xuan An, who led a remarkable and perilous double life as a communist spy and a respected reporter for Western news organizations during the Vietnam War, died Wednesday at age 79...

In the history of wartime espionage, few were as successful as An. He straddled two worlds for most of the 15-year war in Indochina as an undercover communist agent while also working as a journalist, first for Reuters news service and later for 10 years as Time magazine's chief Vietnamese reporter — a role that gave him access to military bases and background briefings.
Who'd have thought, eh?

Europe's moral crisis

Gerard Baker (via USS Neverdock, where Marc is having one of his very busy days) :
It is apt that Pope Benedict should have received such European opprobrium for his remarks. His election last year looked like a final attempt by the Church to revive the European spirit in the face of accelerating secularisation and cultural morbidity.

But the scale of Europe’s moral crisis is larger than ever. Opposing the war in Iraq was one thing, defensible in the light of events. But opting out of a serious fight against the Taleban, sabotaging efforts to get Iran off its path towards nuclear status, pre-emptively cringing to Muslim intolerance of free speech and criticism, all suggest something quite different.

They imply a slow but insistent collapse of the European will, the steady attrition of the self-preservation instinct. Its effects can be seen not only in the political field, but in other ways — the startling decline of birth rates across the continent that represent a sort of self-inflicted genocide; the refusal to confront the harsh realities of a global economy.

It may well be that history will judge that Europe’s decline came at the very moment of its apparent triumph. The traumas of the first half of the 20th century have combined with the economic successes of the second half to induce a collective loss of will. Great civilisations die not in the end because of external force majeure but because internally the will to thrive is sapped.

The symptoms of this moral collapse may be far away from the affluent and still largely peaceful cities and towns of the old continent — in the mountains of Afghanistan, the diplomatic reception halls of Tehran and the angry Pope-effigy-burning streets of the Middle East. But there should be no doubt that it is closer to home where the disease has taken hold.

Day of Rage Watch

Today is the international Day of Rage against the Pope. Funny, looks like any other Friday to me.

Malaysia :


Pakistan :





Iran :



Egypt (the sign says "All of us are ready to die for Prophet Mohammad") :




Update 3pm. Of course, you know who's really to blame for the Pope's remarks, don't you? The Jews...
Demonstrators burn an Israeli flag during a protest against Pope Benedict's remarks on Islam after Friday prayers in Tehran September 22, 2006. REUTERS/Caren Firouz (IRAN) :



A Palestinian protester holds an unflattering picture showing Pope Benedict XVI during a demonstration against his recent speech about Islam, following prayers in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)
(Note the Star of David) :




(All photos via Yahoo News)

Reuters: the Hamas Taxi Cab Company?

Remember this incident?
GAZA (Reuters) - Two journalists were wounded by an Israeli air strike that hit a Reuters vehicle in Gaza City on Saturday, doctors and residents said.

One of the journalists, who worked for a local media organization, was seriously wounded. A cameraman working for Reuters was lightly wounded in the air strike, the doctors said. The army was checking the report.

Witnesses said the missile struck the Reuters armoured car despite the fact that it was clearly labeled as a media vehicle, with signs on all sides, including the roof.

Sabbah Hmaida, who works for a local news Web site, was seriously wounded in the legs. Fadel Shana, a Reuters cameraman, was lightly wounded in the blast.
Reuters later changed "lightly wounded" to this:
A cameraman working for Reuters was knocked unconscious in the air strike, one of several in the area.
A further Reuters report really laid it on thick:
GAZA (Reuters) - The missile struck the "P" of the bright red "PRESS" sign on the roof of the armor-plated Reuters car as Gaza cameraman Fadel Shana hurried to film an Israeli raid.He regained consciousness in hospital on Sunday, hours after the missile strike, with shrapnel wounds in his right hand and leg. He could not hear in one ear because of the explosion. His eyes were swollen and red.

"I am happy to be alive. I think I have been given another life," said Shana, 22, from his bed...

"I suddenly saw fire and the doors of the jeep flew open. I did not know what happened," said Shana, a Palestinian freelance cameraman who has worked for Reuters for several years.

I was acting as normal. As always, I abided by the journalistic rules. I drove normally, I did not get out of the car."

The car was labeled on all sides as a press vehicle.

Michael Lawrence, Reuters Managing Editor for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: "We are deeply concerned at this attack on a clearly marked press vehicle as journalists were doing their job to report the story from Gaza...

The Foreign Press Association described the attack as "outrageous targeting" of the vehicle and rejected the army's "excuses." It also demanded a full and transparent investigation
.
"I abided by the journalistic rules." Er, no. From YNET today (hat tip DFH reader):
Armored vehicles that were given to foreign news agencies operating in the country with the authorization of the State of Israel, may be used by hostile groups to carry out terror attacks against Israel, Director of the Government Press Office Danny Seaman warned in a letter addressed to Shin Bet Head Yuval Diskin.

On August 27 an Israel Defense Forces helicopter hit an armored vehicle that belonged to the Reuters news agency in Gaza. According to Seaman, the incident illustrated the failures in overseeing the use of armored vehicles granted to the foreign media agencies with the permission of the State.

The vehicle's presence in Gaza in itself constituted a violation of its license terms, and moreover, the jeep was carrying only Palestinians – one with links to Hamas who was not a Reuters employee.

Licenses for armored vehicles are granted by the State to foreign news agencies in Israel for the purpose of carrying out journalistic missions in the West Bank and Gaza. The State has even agreed to extend the permits for more than the one year stipulated by the law, on the condition that the license holder is a foreign national and that he alone will drive the car.

"To the best of our knowledge, all of the vehicles' owners have been violating the conditions for a long time now, despite our requests. This is not the first time we are warning that these vehicles will be used by hostile agents to carry out a terror attack against Israel. The recent incident in Gaza only illustrates the danger," Seaman wrote the Shin Bet chief.
That's worth repeating: "all of the vehicles' owners have been violating the conditions".

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Islamofascist disrupts Reid's speech

A speech by John Reid to Muslims has just been disrupted by Abu Izzadeen, the terrorist-loving Islamofascist previously associated with banned groups al-Ghurabaa and the Saved Sect.

How did he get into an event where John Reid is giving a speech? Are the security services on holiday? They should know where Izzadeen is every single second of the day (behind bars would be the right place, of course). Here he is earlier this year, praising terrorists and mocking their victims.



Update 4.30pm. Via British Bulldog - it's so hard for an Islamonutter to meet women these days. These screencaps are from Muslim Intro ("Muslim matrimonial introduction made easy"). Don't know how genuine the entry is, but Bulldog points out that all the facts fit.




Smooth talking...








Update 6.15pm. Here's the Sky News broadcast (click pic to view). Look at the one, tiny little policewoman in attendance. Unbelievable.



The security services should know when Izzadeen is going to take a shit twenty minutes before he does, and yet they appear to have no idea what he's up to. If they didn't know he was going to turn up at this meeting, what else don't they know?

Radio Five Live's as-it-happened coverage, which includes the rant outside (I've cut Reid's waffle), can be heard here (mp3, 1MB, 4 mins)

Extract:
“It’s not about dialogue. When he comes and kicks my door down and arrests my sister or my mother or my wife or my cousin or any Muslim in the community, it isn’t about dialogue, it’s about demands. You better stop what you’re doing otherwise there’s going to be some retaliation.”


The astonishing thing is how polite everyone is to this cunt (cue comment from permanentexpat).

Exclusive - Charles Kennedy Rehearsal Speech

Yesterday Charles Kennedy gave his first speech to the LibDems since resigning as party leader due to alcoholism. It was a typically tedious and rambling effort but at least he got through it, which is more than can be said for his (not very) dry run in the conference hall the previous night. Download here (mp3, 360kb, 50 secs).

Nice Shooting, Your Holiness

Top marksmanship from the Pope.



(Originally on aljazeera.net)

Hat tip Tim Blair, who notes: "...the Pontiff achieved a perfect Red Cross ambulance hole through one of the doves—despite using a shotgun. Way to go, Ratzy!"

Baroness Moonbat

According to Baroness Tonge, evil Zionists not only control the western world, they also have their grips on something far more important - the Liberal Democrat Party!
“The pro-Israel lobby has got its grips on the western world, its financial grips. I think they've probably got a certain grip on our party.”
Ah yes, I remember that meeting of the Evil Zionist Conspiracy:
“Right, that’s the western world all tied up, now what shall we do?”
“How about we take over the least significant of the main political parties in Britain?”
“Yeah, that sounds like a laugh. Let’s do that.”
Just for good measure, the Baroness went on to say that suicide bombers are morally superior to bomber pilots. Hat-tip to Laban Tall, who has all the relevant links.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Kofi's Coffers

Claudia Rossett asks "What is Kofi worth?":
Kofi Annan has finally agreed to fill out one of the financial disclosure forms now required of UN senior staff. But... remember that the UN is home to some of the world’s biggest veracity gaps.

At the UN, “disclosure” does not necessarily mean the public gets told anything at all. Whatever financial information Kofi might produce will be “disclosed” only in-house, inside the same UN that managed to cover up for years such matters as billions in graft under Oil-for-Food, hundreds of millions worth of allegedly bribe-tainted and/or questionably-allotted procurement contracts, and a variety of odd doings still not well-explained inside its own audit department.
Will the public ever find out about Kofi's finances? Don't bet on it.

Does this make you angry?

From Pajamas Media:
Lieuwe van Gogh—thirteen-year-old son of filmmaker Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by Islamists—is finding his life in increasing danger in his native Netherlands, while the Dutch police do nothing.


Outside Regent's Park Mosque this Friday?



No, of course not.

(Hat tip Clematis Fraudster)

Bilal Hussein

Bloggers are coming up with some pretty damning evidence concerning the possible involvement in terrorist activities of AP photographer Bilal Hussein, arrested recently in Iraq. Michelle Malkin has a round-up of links.

Needless to say, AP is standing by Hussein's pro-terrorist propaganda:
AP executives said the news cooperative's review of Hussein's work did not find anything to indicate inappropriate contact with insurgents


Updated with correct surname. And here's the BBC making use of Hussein's work. (Hat tip Max.)

Monday, September 18, 2006

BBC blames US for Iranian Air Crashes - Again

A recent BBC online article about the crash of a Russian-built plane in Iran included a disgraceful attempt by the BBC’s Tehran correspondent Frances Harrison to blame the accident on US sanctions. After bloggers such as myself drew attention to this, the offending section was quietly removed by the BBC (see before and after screen caps here). Harrison obviously took offence because she's been at it again, this time on the World Service’s Newshour.

This seems to be part of a wider drive by the BBC to undermine any talk of action, sanctions or otherwise, against Iran. Here’s Harrison’s BBC colleague Julian Marshall introducing her report:
Washington talks about smart sanctions which target the government and not the Iranian people, but Iran has already been under American sanctions for three decades and every year Iranian civilians die as an indirect result. Current US sanctions prevent Iran buying new planes or spare parts for their ageing fleet. Since 2000 there have been 9 plane crashes killing nearly 700 people.
Well, here are all the Iranian plane crashes since 2000 that I could find on planecrashinfo.com. I make it 11 (not 9) if one includes the Ukrainian plane crash in December 2002, which the BBC usually does:


February 02, 2000 Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Military training. 8 dead.

May 17, 2001 Yakovlev YAK-40 Faraz Qeshm Airlines. 30 dead.
The aircraft crashed into mountains about 12 miles south of Sari, 55 minutes after taking off from Tehran on a flight to Gorgan. Shortly before the tower lost contact with the plane the pilot reported bad weather and said he was thinking of returning to Tehran.

February 12, 2002 Tupolev TU-154 Iran Air Tours. 117 dead.
Crashed against the side of a mountain in heavy fog in the Sefid Kouh mountain range while on approach to Khorramabad. The plane was totally destroyed and scattered in small pieces across the mountain. Pilot error.

December 23, 2002 Antonov AN-140 Aeromist-Kharkiv (Ukrainian) 44 dead (46 according to the BBC)
The Ukrainian passenger plane, crashed in a mountainous area 70 km from Isfanan, after losing contact with ground controllers as it prepared to land. Improper use of the Global Positioning System by the pilot.

February 19, 2003 Ilyushin Il-76MD. Military. 275 dead (BBC = 302)
The plane crashed into an 11,500 ft. mountain in poor weather, about 20 miles from its destination of Kerman.

June 25, 2003 Lockheed C-130 Hercules. Military. 7 dead.
Nose dived into the ground shortly after takeoff near the Shur River.

February 10, 2004 Fokker F-50. Kish Airlines. 43 dead.
The aircraft crashed on approach, 2 miles short of the runway while attempting an emergency landing at Sharjah. The plane crashed midway between two residential compounds. The flight data recorder showed that the two engines went into reverse 10 seconds before the accident.

April 20, 2005 Boeing B-707-3J9C Saha Airline Services. 3 dead.
Soon after experiencing a hard landing an engine began burning while the aircraft was taxiing. The plane then skidded off the runway and fell into the Kan River. One passengers' infant fell into the river and drowned while exiting the aircraft.

December 06, 2005 Lockheed C-130B Hercules. Military. 94 dead (68 journalists), plus 14 civilians dead on the ground.
The military plane crashed into an apartment building in the Azari district after taking off from Mehrabad Airport. The plane suffered engine failure and was attempting to return for a emergency landing.

January 09, 2006 Dassault Falcon 20. Military. 11 dead.
After a flyby to check on a stuck landing gear, the plane suffered a double engine flame-out and crashed into a field in poor weather conditions.

September 01, 2006 Tupolev Tu-154M. Iran Air Tours. 29 dead.
The plane's left wing may have come into contact with the ground causing the plane to skid off the runway and catch fire.


Julian Marshall gave the clear impression that since the year 2000 nearly 700 Iranian civilians have died in air crashes as a result of American sanctions. I have identified 11 crashes with a wide variety of causes resulting in 675 deaths. Of these accidents, five were in American-built planes, and only one of those was a civilian flight in which just 3 civilians died, including a child who fell in a river exiting the plane. Nearly all the deaths involving US-built aircraft were crashes of military planes. Some civilians died in these accidents, but America is under no obligation to aid the armed forces of a terror-supporting state, regardless of what the BBC thinks. Of the other crashes, one involved a European-built Fokker, the parts for which are now manufactured by a Dutch company, and the rest were Russian-built aircraft.

If oil-rich Iran can't sort out its own aircraft, civilian and military, that's its fault alone. Blaming US sanctions is cheap anti-American propaganda. And it's bullshit, too.

[I can't be bothered to fisk Frances Harrison’s actual report. The opening line should tell you all you need to know:
“If you want to see the cost of sanctions, it’s in Tehran’s main cemetery that you have to look…”]

Westminster Cathedral demo - update

As I thought - yesterday's Muslim demo outside Westminster Cathedral was indeed the work of followers of banned organisation Al-Ghurabaa. From the Daily Mail:
A notorious Muslim extremist told a demonstration in London yesterday that the Pope should face execution.

Anjem Choudary said those who insulted Islam would be "subject to capital punishment".

His remarks came during a protest outside Westminster Cathedral on a day that worldwide anger among Muslim hardliners towards Pope Benedict XVI appeared to deepen...

A nun was shot dead in Somalia by Islamic gunmen and churches came under attack in Palestine.

Choudary's appeal for the death of Pope Benedict was the second time he has been linked with apparent incitement to murder within a year.

The 39-year-old lawyer organised demonstrations against the publication of cartoons of Mohammed in February in Denmark. Protesters carried placards declaring "Behead Those Who Insult Islam".

Yesterday he said: "The Muslims take their religion very seriously and non-Muslims must appreciate that and that must also understand that there may be serious consequences if you insult Islam and the prophet.

"Whoever insults the message of Mohammed is going to be subject to capital punishment."

He added: "I am here have a peaceful demonstration. But there may be people in Italy or other parts of the world who would carry that out.

"I think that warning needs to be understood by all people who want to insult Islam and want to insult the prophet of Islam."...

A Scotland Yard spokesman said of his comments: "We have had no complaints about this. There were around 100 people at the demonstration. It passed off peacefully and there were no arrests."
Call on the Pope to be killed and the police turn a deaf ear. Quote a passage from the Bible and feel the full force of the law.

Here's the email - complaints@met.police.uk

Al-Qaeda: World Domination

Courier Mail:
AL-QAEDA in Iraq has said in response to remarks by Pope Benedict XVI linking Islam with violence that it will wage jihad until the West is defeated, in a statement posted on the Internet today.

"We say to the servant of the cross (the Pope): wait for defeat ... We say to infidels and tyrants: wait for what will afflict you.

"We continue our jihad. We will not stop until the banner of unicity flies throughout the world," said the statement attributed to the Mujahideen consultative council.

"We will smash the cross ... (you will have no choice but) Islam or death," the statement added, citing a hadith (saying of the Prophet Mohammed) promising Muslims they would "conquer Rome ... as they conquered Constantinople".

Two other armed groups in Iraq, Jaish al-Mujahideen and Asaeb al-Iraq al-Jihadiya, have already threatened the Vatican with reprisals in statements posted on Islamist websites.
I wonder if that's clear enough for the BBC's idiot terror appeaser Peter Taylor, who wants us to believe this of bin Laden:
His statements are not about any Caliphate, a pan-Muslim state which is rarely mentioned, but about US support for Israel, its backing for "apostate" Arab regimes in the Middle East and the presence of US troops in Muslim lands.

The European left

Hungary's socialist Prime Minister has been caught on tape making some frank admissions. From BBC News:
"There is not much choice. There is not, because we screwed up. Not a little, a lot. No European country has done something as boneheaded as we have.

"Evidently, we lied throughout the last year-and-a-half, two years. It was totally clear that what we are saying is not true.

"You cannot quote any significant government measure we can be proud of, other than at the end we managed to bring the government back from the brink.
(Monsters and Critics have a slightly different translation of this line:'I can't mention a single political step we can be proud of apart from finally pulling the government out of the shit.') Nothing. If we have to give account to the country about what we did for four years, then what do we say?"

Mr Gyurcsany thanks "divine providence, the abundance of cash in the world economy and hundreds of tricks" for keeping the economy above board.

In a speech sprinkled with obscenities, he says: "We lied in the morning, we lied in the evening."
Remind you of anyone?

Meanwhile, the Swedish people have kicked out their left wing government. If you listen very carefully you can probably hear Polly Toynbee crying.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sister Leonella

Old and recent pictures of Sister Leonella, the aged nun shot repeatedly in the back by brave followers of the Religion of Peace at the children's hospital in Somalia where she worked.





Will Muslims take to the streets to condemn this murder? Will they fuck.

BBC - more Islamic PR

The BBC website has asked visitors "Were the Pope's remarks 'anti-Islamic'?" Page after page of the most-recommended comments condemn the Muslim world's typically insane response to the Pope's speech. There are dozens of comments with well over a hundred recommendations (and some with over a thousand), all criticising the Muslim reaction.

Twenty-one pages back (at the time of writing) is this comment:
I watched TV series "Crusades" recently and realize that in the long history of both Islam and Christian, they were quite violent and fought brutal and bloody wars between them. Pope Benedict probably should self-critisize Christianity's violent past before comment on the other faith, which is quite self-rightious and provocative.

John Lin, Illinois, USA

Recommended by 38 people
And here's the quote the BBC used with its news report:
Not only has the BBC trawled through the responses to find a rare comment which condemns the Pope, it picks the part which doesn't mention Islam's history of violence, and then edits it to make it fit for use.

As Melanie Phillips said recently:
the mainstream media must now be regarded as active accessories to the war being waged against the free world and therefore as a fifth column in that world – an enemy within.
Meanwhile, Channel 4 sees Christians as the biggest threat to civilisation. (Hat tip Max)

Anti-Pope demo at Westminster Cathedral

Here's what greeted the congregation coming out of Mass at Westminster Cathedral today (via Catholic blogger Joee Blogs) :





About 100 Islamists were chanting slogans such as "Pope Benedict go to Hell" "Pope Benedict you will pay, the Muja Hadeen are coming your way" and other hateful things.
Sounds like the sort of chant the old Al Ghurabaa crowd would come up with. And notice how the "Pope Go To Hell" banner is being held by a little girl.

Plenty of TV cameras were there, but I haven't seen anything about it on the BBC:



Update 11.30pm. Here's another picture from The Times :

Pope discussion on Radio Five Live

Bit busy to do much blogging this weekend but I thought I'd pop in and mention this.

Peter Risdon, one of the organisers of the March for Free Expression, was on Radio Five Live last night to discuss the Pope’s recent speech. He was up against historian and author Dilip Hiro, who used the now typical ‘moderate’ Muslim line of argument - do what Muslims want or there will be terrorism:
You can say anything you like, but you should be prepared for the consequences. Ok, so simply take the example of these cartoons in Denmark. Of course, if you remember the Arab ambassadors tried to have a meeting with the Danish Prime Minister and he said “Go away, this is freedom of speech”. And when the Arab countries banned the imports of Danish products - then they woke up. So you can do what you like but you should realise the consequences but I can assure in the next two weeks you will get audio-videotape coming from al-Qaeda.
Peter quietly wiped the floor with him. Listen via the BBC website (approx 43 minutes in) or download the segment here (mp3, 3.4MB, 8 mins).

Lots more Muslim outrage at Michelle Malkin and LGF.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Iain's Book

Iain Dale has a book out:



Apparently I'm a Tory blogger, which is very embarrassing. (Thanks for the mention anyway, Iain)

Friday, September 15, 2006

Annan in Cuba

Aww, isn't this nice?



I bet this guy didn't even get an answer to his letter:
Honorable Kofi Annan
Secretary General, United Nations

Honorable Sir:

Welcome to Our Homeland.

Your visit to Cuba is an extraordinary occasion for you to learn first hand the views of sectors of the Cuban society who disagree with the government position, most specially with the representatives of the organizations working for the reconciliation, peaceful pacific changes, and defenders of the human rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations.

Many of the citizens whom peacefully worked defending and promoting Human Rights in Cuba languishes in prison for defending this cause.
Your Excellency, we are requesting you make a plea before the Cuban government for the liberation of these pacific prisoners. Enclosed please find copy of the message we sent to all delegations attending the summit of The Non-Aligned Nations in Havana.

During your stay in Cuba, please devote some time to meet with us, representatives of the aforementioned groups and with the families of the pacific political prisoners in question.

We appreciate your consideration and hereby express our profound respect.


Oswaldo José Payá Sardiñas
On behalf of the Christian Liberation Movement
Havana, September 11, 2006

Pope in "same league as Hitler and Mussolini"

Ireland Online:
Turkey’s ruling Islamic-rooted party joined a wave of criticism of Pope Benedict XVI today, saying he would go down in history in the same league as leaders like Hitler and Mussolini for remarks he made on Islam.

The comments by Salih Kapusuz, a deputy leader of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s party, came a day after Turkey’s top cleric asked Benedict to take back recent remarks, escalating tensions before the pontiff’s November visit.

The Pope made his remarks on Islam in a speech in which he quoted from a book recounting a conversation between 14th century Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II and an educated Persian on the truths of Christianity and Islam.

“The emperor comes to speak about the issue of jihad, holy war,” the Pope said.

“He said, I quote, ’Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached,”’ he quoted the emperor as saying.

Benedict added, “I quote,” twice before pronouncing the phrases on Islam and described them as “brusque,” while neither explicitly agreeing with nor repudiating them.
Meanwhile, following Friday prayers in Kashmir...




Update.
Muslim students burn an effigy of Pope Benedict XVI at a protest rally in Allahabad, India, Friday, Sept. 15, 2006.



Update 3pm. From the Pope's speech (pdf - hat tip Rexie):
It is to this great logos, to this breadth of reason, that we invite our partners in the dialogue of cultures.
For the response to that invitation, see above.

Update 3.25pm. You couldn't make it up (hat tip Ross Maartin and Clematis):
"Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence" - Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam.