Friday, 19 September 2014
To Protest Or Not To Protest? A Response to CIJA CEO Shimon Fogel
Allow me to introduce Canada's one and only Mark Vandermaas, here.
Posted on 09/19/2014 5:32 AM by Geoffrey Clarfield
Friday, 19 September 2014
French Responses To Ivan Rioufol On The Grand Islamisation
Posted on 09/19/2014 9:46 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 19 September 2014
Iranians Sentenced For "Happy" Video
Posted on 09/19/2014 10:56 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 19 September 2014
A Truthful Description About Islamic Intentions Temporarily Stops The Naming Of A Roman Street After Oriana Fallaci
Roma litiga per “via Oriana Fallaci”: speriamo sia solo questione di parole
All’indomani dell’ottavo anniversario della morte della Fallaci, l’idea di intitolare alla grande giornalista fiorentina una via o una piazza nella Capitale fa discutere e spacca la classe politica romana. L’Urbe infatti ha detto “no”, anche se solo momentaneamente, ad una strada intitolata ad Oriana Fallaci.
E come (troppo) spesso accade quando si parla di una grande giornalista come la Fallaci, i toni diventano subito accesi: è successo e sta accadendo anche in Campidoglio dove l’assemblea capitolina ha bocciato una mozione, presentata da un consigliere di NCD e firmata da tutti i gruppi capitolini, che prevedeva l’intitolazione di una via alla giornalista e scrittrice. A votare contro però sono stati sia il PD che SEL che hanno contestato una frase all’interno del testo del documento considerata “inneggiante all’odio religioso”.
D’altronde, non sono una novità le posizioni “decise” della reporter nei confronti dell’Islam. Fatto sta che con 18 voti contrari, 14 favorevoli e 2 astenuti, l’Aula Giulio Cesare ha bocciato la mozione presentata dal consigliere NCD, Marco Pomarici, per l’intitolazione di una strada alla giornalista; e pensare che inizialmente era stata firmata da tutti i gruppi capitolini. La frase incriminata che ha fatto decidere PD e SEL per il “no” è contenuta all’interno della mozione e recita così: “Le intuizioni della giornalista sul pericolo di una deriva islamica si sono puntualmente avverate. Secondo la scrittrice fiorentina – si legge nella mozione – staremmo assistendo ad un pianificato tentativo del mondo musulmano di islamizzazione dell’Occidente, basato su quelle che, a suo parere, rappresentano le strutture portanti del Corano”.
Alla fine a spiegare le posizioni sono gli esponenti della politica capitolina: “Siamo ovviamente d’accordo all’intitolazione di una strada a Oriana Fallaci ma all’interno della mozione presentata c’è un riferimento all’islamizzazione dell’Italia – ha spiegato il capogruppo di SEL, Gianluca Peciola – e il testo aveva un contenuto di odio ideologico verso l’Islam che non ha nulla a che fare con il radicalismo di alcune minoranze”.
Di parere simile il coordinatore della maggioranza di governo, Fabrizio Panecaldo: “Abbiamo bocciato la mozione perché c’erano un paio di incisi nel testo della mozione che avrebbero potuto creare problemi. Ci sono apparsi pesanti. Ma abbiamo già depositato un ordine del giorno, che voteremo a fine della seduta di oggi, per intitolare una strada ad Oriana Fallaci. Vedremo se l’opposizione lo voterà”.
Insomma il nodo si può sciogliere, basta togliere dal documento la frase incriminata: d’altronde può piacere o meno, si può essere d’accordo con lei o no, ma sul valore della professionista e sul suo contributo alla storia di questo paese non ci possono essere dubbi. Tuttavia la Fallaci è destinata a far discutere: succedeva quando era viva, figurarsi ora che si parla di un argomento sensibile come l’Islam. Sul quale le ideologizzazioni si sprecano: “Credo nel tentativo del mondo estremista musulmano di islamizzare l’Occidente e allo stesso tempo il mio paese che si chiama Italia e che io difenderò fino alla morte. Oriana Fallaci è stata profetica – ha commentato Pomarici subito dopo la bocciatura – e tutto quello che ha scritto ora si sta avverando. Il PD, dilaniato ancor più al suo interno si è ritrovato nel votare contro un documento che esprime il pensiero della stragrande maggioranza dei cittadini italiani e romani”.
Come dire, quando si parla della Fallaci non si può prescindere dalle sue posizioni. Unica consolazione il fatto che a essere spaccata non è solo Roma ma anche la città natale della giornalista scomparsa nel 2006, Firenze. Anche il sindaco Dario Nardella è intervenuto sulla questione: “Ogni cosa a suo tempo – ha detto – passo dopo passo: analizzeremo tutte le condizioni, tutti i fattori che possono portare ad una decisione in questo senso prima dei dieci anni dalla morte, previsti dalla procedura ordinaria”.
Posted on 09/19/2014 10:22 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 19 September 2014
Eric Zemmour: Daesh (Islamic State) Applies Islam To The Letter
Everyone who has bothered to look into Islam knows this. But no political figure in the West will say it. Instead they earn the contempt of the well-prepared by insisting that the "Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam." If they mean it, their ignorance is unacceptable. If they don't mean it, but are afraid to tell the truth, it's intolerable.
Posted on 09/19/2014 10:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 19 September 2014
AQIS Claims Pakistani Naval Personnel Took Part In Attack
Al Qaeda in North Africa, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Al Qaeda in the Subcontinent.
They seek them here, they seek them there, those Yankees seek them everywhere. Are they in Yemen, or in Hell, those demmed elusive ( can't think of a word to rhyme with "Pimpernel" but perhaps you can).
Posted on 09/19/2014 9:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 19 September 2014
Modi Follows European And American Leaders, Whistles In The Dark About Islam
He wants to make the war of self-defense against Islam into something else: "Humanity" against "Inhumaity," with plenty of Muslims, as he pretends to see it, on the right side. But the handful of Muslim nations -- only the Emirates comes to mind -- willing to fight the Islamic State, and openly declare it, and the great enthusiasm, growing by the minute (though not "exponentially"), for the Islamic State among Muslims, the more the West noisily opposes it, suggest the truth: the Islamic State is not an aberration, but embodies the truest, most uncompromising, understanding of the Qur'an and Hadith. Those Muslim states that oppose it do not do so out of solicitude or horror at the treatment of Christians or Yazidis, including mass killings, destruction of churches, and sex-enslaavement of Yazidi women. That doesn't matter to them. What matters to them is that the Islamic State appeals to those Muslims, living in such places as Saudi Arabia, where the tribe of the despots takes most of the national wealth. The Al Saud are worried only about their own position, the stability of their own country. And that is true of the other despots. The Emirates, while each is ruled by a local despotic family, appears to have somehow made itself civilizationally somewhat more advanced than the other states, and it is possible to believe that at least some of its rulers would like -- if only it could be done -- to have some kind of avoidance of Islamic reality, some kind of understanding that Islam is not really what any reading of the texts -- Qur'an, Hadith, Sira -- and observation of the behavior of Muslims, over 1400 years and across a vast area -- would lead one naturally to conclude.
Modi's remarks, made out of a desire to keep the lid on Muslms in India (where there have been many terrorist attacks, and not only the spectacular ones in Mumbai and on the Parliament building in Delhi, but up and down the land, most entirely unreported in the West), by denying the impossibility of preventing Muslimis, once aroused, to remember that their supreme and only loyalty must be to Islam.
So he's doing what Camron and Obama and others in the West do, but Modi is doing it not out of ignorance but because he's not sure what other tack to take, and he'd like at least to begin by trying out the let's-pretend appeal to Muslims, and to non-Muslims too. Whistlng in the dark, in magical Bharat, here.
Posted on 09/19/2014 11:05 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Kemi Seba, Enemy Of The West, Imprisoned
He should never have been allowed into France. Having been allowed in, he should never have been given citizenship. Having been given citizenship, the French state, in order to protect itself, ought to find ways to strip him of his citizenship and send him back to Senegal. And if it currently lacks the laws to do so, it should pass those that will enable it to do so. These might include the ending of jus soli (but that is unlikely to have applied in this case), and the requirement that all naturallized citizens be required to take, on oath, a detailed test of their ability to integrate into French society, and that should include a list of questions -- such as whether they believe in the full legal equality of women, and of non-Muslims -- that will be hard for Muslims to answer truthfully. And such an examination ought to include a dozen or so passages from the Qur'an, including 9.5 and 9.29, so that the examiner can elicit from those being examined just how they think their beliefs can possibly enable them to live side by side, peacefully, with those they are enjoined to subdue, to humiliate, to kill.
The texts -- Qur'an, Hadith, Sira -- are there, waiting to be held up for public examination. The Muslims who follow those texts, or claim to, or who may do so more fervently than they do now, are the ones who are to show that the non-Muslims in the advanced world, the world to which those Muslims seek admission (but without the intent to "integrate" in the sense that the host population means; rather, they intend to use whatever tools, such as knowledge of the local language, laws, ways that are most effective in persuading the locals they are provided, by the Western, host governments, to further their putative "integration," in order to solidify and expand their position, their beachhead, in what is a slow inexorable campaign of demographic conquest.
Posted on 09/18/2014 8:09 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Lakemba protest by Muslims who believe Australian terror raids were ‘unjust policing’
From News.com Australia
AN urgent meeting has been called tonight by members of the Muslim community who are furious about today’s anti-terror raids in Sydney. The meeting will be held at Lakemba station in response to what organisers say is the Federal Government’s heavy-handed approach to the raids, which resulted in 15 arrests.
Just over 2000 people have been invited to the event via Facebook with about 150 saying they would attend.
“The Australian government has overnight carried out “the biggest anti-terror raids in Australian history”. Just as in 2005, these raids come on the eve of new laws being tabled in parliament next week! Many families terrorised in the middle of the night, people beaten, and stories of harsh, unjust policing are emerging,” the Facebook post said.
“The Muslim community is squarely the target of these raids and laws, the climate of hysteria only increases as the government fabricates reasons for these draconian laws.” The anonymous post said the community needed to “raise your voice as one” if they were angry about what occurred.“Spread the word, invite Muslims and non-Muslims and send a strong message against this government aggression.”
Other extremist supporters have also taken to social media to launch attacks on the Abbott Government and police after today’s raids, the Daily Telegraph reported.
At a press conference this morning NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said he appreciated the support of the Muslim community.
Posted on 09/18/2014 4:14 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Australia’s biggest terror bust: Public beheading allegedly planned
From the Australian Times
Australian police say they have foiled a major terror act, following the country’s largest ever counter-terrorism sweep. 15 people have been arrested with one man, Omarjan Azari, charged with serious terrorism offences, apparently including the intent to carry out a public beheading on the streets of Sydney.
It is understood police believe that suspects were planning to behead a random member of the public and drape the victim in the flag of the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, amongst objects confiscated by police in the raids was a sword.
Azari, 22, from Guildford, appeared briefly in court later on Thursday. Commonwealth Prosecutor Michael Allnutt told the court that Azari was part of a plot to commit an act to “shock, horrify and terrify” the Australian community. The plan involved the “random selection of persons to rather gruesomely execute”,
When asked about the alleged plot to conduct a public beheading, Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters: “That’s the intelligence we received. Quite direct exhortations were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country,” Mr Abbott said. “So this is not just suspicion, this is intent.”
About 800 state and federal police officers in New South Wales and 70 in Queensland conducted raids in Sydney and Brisbane late on Wednesday night and into Thursday. 25 warrants were executed in the sweep, in the Sydney suburbs of Beecroft, Bellavista, Guildford, Merrylands, Northmead, Wentworthville, Marsfield, Westmead, Castle Hill, Revesby, Bass Hill and Regents Park
Australian Federal Police acting assistant commissioner Andrew Colvin said the raids in Brisbane were a “follow-up” to last week’s arrests in the city and not necessarily linked to the Sydney raids, although the possibility was being investigated. “So while the raids in Queensland are not directly related to what’s happened here today in NSW, the investigations continue and we are looking at linkages between the two,” Mr Colvin told reporters.
The AFP today also launched Operation Hammerhead, which includes an additional 220 highly visible police at major events and flashpoint locations, to help counter terrorist threats and discourage public unrest related to extremism.
Posted on 09/18/2014 2:37 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Thursday, 18 September 2014
In France, Smuggling In A Vast Programme Of Support For Non-French
By making them, merely because of their age and the length of time they have been (mainly) in France, French citizens. The great majority are Maghrebins. They have contributed, through their many children, and those children's many children, to the social and economic condition of France today. Now they are apparently to be rewarded for that. And money that might have been available for the French aged in France, not the Muslim Arab aged in France, will not be.
The story here.
Posted on 09/18/2014 12:02 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
A Few More Comments On France, Its Internal Enemies And Their Collaborators
Posted on 09/18/2014 11:51 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Ivan Rioufol: The Impoverishment Of France, And The Shadow Of A Civil War
Une nation paupérisée et éclatée : voilà bien le bilan de quarante ans d’une cogestion droite gauche coupée des réalités. Il manque en moyenne 540 euros à chaque foyer français pour boucler ses fins de mois, et la précarité s’est installée dans les zones périurbaines délaissées par la "politique de la Ville" (comprendre : des banlieues). Exemple extrême : les investissements publics dans le quartier des Hautes-Noues à Villiers-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne) sont mille fois supérieurs à ceux destinés à un quartier modeste de la périphérie de Verdun (Meuse), habité par des "petits Blancs" (1). 85 % des ménages pauvres vivent en dehors des quartiers "sensibles", sur qui les subventions se déversent. Dans ces derniers se développe, en revanche, un islam radical qui biberonne aux prestations sociales. Cette idéologie veut en découdre avec la France et ses valeurs, en abusant de la passivité de la communauté musulmane.
L’ombre d’une guerre civile s’épaissit. "J’ai l’impression de me trouver dans un pays en conflit, de vivre une scène de guerre en Irak", écrit Maxime Tandonnet (2) décrivant une visite surprise de Nicolas Sarkozy à La Courneuve, en 2010. Dans le commissariat : des centaines d’armes de guerre confisquées, kalachnikovs, lance-roquettes, grenades, etc. Il est vrai que les guérillas contre la police, vue comme une force d’occupation, sont devenues banales dans les ghettos. S’y recrutent les centaines de jeunes djihadistes envoyés en Irak. Leur haine de l’Occident rend leur retour indésirable, d’autant que le risque d’attentats est au plus haut. Le refus de vivre ensemble passe aussi par un séparatisme identitaire affiché et par une envolée des actes antisémites, qui ont augmenté de 91 %. Les chrétiens suivront.
De ces désastres, prédits en vain par les lanceurs d’alerte, les Français doivent s’extraire dare-dare. (La suite ici)
(1) Exemple donné par Christophe Guilly, dans Le Figaro du 19/09/2014
(2) Au cœur du volcan, Flammarion
Posted on 09/18/2014 7:46 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
And What Would The National Health Do Without Its Muslim Doctors?
Here's a story, and I would be surprised -- at this point, knowing what you know, wouldn't you? -- were it found to be an isolated case.
Posted on 09/18/2014 7:40 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Antisemitic And Anti-Israel Activities At UCLA's Middle East Department
Unsurprising, and not new, but possibly now, with a growing understanding of Islam and, consequently, of the Jihad against Israel, the accumulated evidence will push some Congressmen, sufficiently alarmed, to do something something to end or diminish Title VI support for this swamp at UCLA, a swamp that needs draining.
Posted on 09/18/2014 9:34 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
A Musical Interlude: I'm An Unemployed Sweetheart (Lee Morse)
Posted on 09/18/2014 8:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Fighting Between Shi'ites and Sunni In Sana
Posted on 09/18/2014 3:57 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
In Other News from Australia: Proposed Currumbin Mosque Gets Rejected, After All
Earlier, the planning committee had approved it but when it went to the full council it got the thumbs down.
Little victories. Of course, in the Comments below the article at "Brisbane Times" any number of fools are crying "racism", "bigotry", etc. However the rejection of yet another mosque on Aussie soil may look quite different today in the light of the exposure - and, one hopes, foiling - of a Muslim plot to seize on the street, kidnap and behead random Aussie Infidels in order to produce beheading videos for the delectation of Muslims and the promotion of the rapidly-expanding Islamic State. Tony Moore reporting in "Brisbane Times".
'Gold Coast mosque application: Council taking legal advice.
'A controversial mosque (Allah Gang or Mohammedan Mob forward operating base - CM) planned for the Gold Coast has been knocked back by the city's council.
'At a full meeting of Gold Coast City Council on Tuesday, [the] proposal for the mosque was rejected 10 votes to five [corrected version: 9 votes to 6].
That is too close a result for comfort. The opponents of the mosque need to continue educating and raising awareness. - CM
'The council had been asked to vote on a "material change of use" to allow the Salsabil Charitable Organisation (yet another Islamic "charity" - CM) to convert a warehouse in an industrial estate in Currumbin Waters into an Islamic place of worship (sic: into a mosque - CM)
'The plans for the 4768 square metre site (that's four hectares, no less - CM) triggered several protests (more than "several" - a bit further down the article says more than 3700 people signed a petition opposing the mosque - CM) from residents, some of whom waved anti-Islamic signs (and what's so bad about that, especially given that we now know that pious orthodox Muslims were plotting to kidnap and ritually behead random Aussie infidels? Why can't the reporter write "signs critical of Islam"? - CM) outside the council chambers, throughout the approvals process.
'A small number of anti-Islamic protestors gathered outside Council chambers again on Tuesday.
'About 10 police officers were there also, after councillors Cameron Caldwell and William Owen-Jones received death threats for their support of the development.
If those alleged threats were not "false flag" ploys deliberately generated to discredit those opposing the mosque, then whoever sent them was not only evil but stupid; one does not want dhimmis or the Muslims they enable, to be handed extra excuses to cry "victim!" (they will invent plenty on their own account). - CM
'Another councillor, Chris Robbins, claimed she was threatened with gang rape and death from people opposed to the development, via social media. Despite that, Cr Robbins led the call to reject the application, saying council had let down the community by not fully assessing the impact the development would have on them.
I really don't get why someone who claimed to oppose the mosque would have attacked a councillor whose own misgivings about the application were already evident before this final meeting. Whoever it was should - if they were genuine - have been hailing her as an ally and seeking to encourage, not to discourage. "Loose cannons" are enough to make one tear one's hair out. Luckily she was not discouraged. - CM
'About 30 opponents of the planned mosque cheered and booed from the council chamber's public gallery, as councillors from both sides of the debate expressed concern.
'Some councillors said the decision to refuse the application would result in a court appeal which could be costly for ratepayers.
Not as costly as "mosque blight". Muslims are already throwing their weight around on the Gold Coast, which is a favourite beach holiday spot for both local and foreign tourists and is also where a lot of elderly Aussies, especially those from the somewhat chillier southern states such as Victoria and New South Wales, go to retire. Four years ago, back when the French were getting ready to legislate a burqa ban, Des Houghton in the Courier Mail, in an article "The controversial "ban the burqa" debate reaches Australian shores" (July 2 2010), wrote: "A retired newspaper editor tells me Muslim men patrol Gold Coast beaches demanding [that] women in bikinis cover up".
"Brisbane Times" allowed Comments to their article on the rejection of the proposed Currumbin mosque. If you click on the link you can read them. Sadly, most of those who posted comments simply do not have a clue as to what is at stake. There is a lot of educating still be done Down Under.
A follow-up article gives a few more details, including toward the end the usual mohammedan boasting about the swelling of their numbers.
"Mayor rejects Gold Coast is "anti-Islamic" after vote against mosque".
At some point, this sort of bleating has to stop. There is no need to be apologetic about opposing the expansion of an Organisation which states, quite plainly, in its foundation documents, that any member of the Organisation who tries to leave, must be murdered, and that anyone (whether members or non-members) who dares to criticise it must also be murdered, as Asma Bint Marwan was murdered back in the time of Mohammed, and as Theo Van Gogh (maker of a short film critical of Muslim misogyny) was murdered- in broad daylight, in a street in Holland - by a Muslim sharia assassin enforcing the sharia rule against "blasphemy!" - CM
'Gold Coast mayor Tom Tate says he has no fears the tourist strip will be viewed as "anti-Islamic" after the council on Tuesday rejected an application to build the city's third mosque at Currumbin Waters.
"Not at all", Cr Tate said.
"We have the most Middle East (sic: Muslim - CM) visitors in all of Australia (that, Cr Tate, is not at all a happy thought; the sight of black-draped females in Slave Masks who barely put a toe in the water, scuttling behind their casually-and-comfortably dressed lords and masters - who aggressively ogle the unislamically-dressed Australian women and girls - is not calculated to fill the local infidels with positive feelings toward the Mohammedan Mob - CM) and my frequent visits to the Middle East are well known."
Where he has doubtless been feasted and flattered and soft-soaped and told all sorts of nonsense and lies by smiling mohammedans who, under different circumstances, would quite happily slit his throat. - CM
'He said he respected all religions and all visitors to the city.
I don't respect Islam. Why should I? It declares me a harbi, someone who must be forced to convert to Islam, or accept the misery of dhimmi status, or...if I refuse and resist both those unattractive options - be killed. It's all right there in multiple verses of the Quran, further reinforced in the Hadiths and the canonical life of Mohammed. And why should I respect a cult that allows dirty old men to wed and bed girls as young as nine, and tells men that they can beat their wives if they merely fear said wives might be "rebellious"? - CM
'However, Cr Tate said town planning objections had concerned councillors enough to deny the mosque application.
That's their story and they're sticking to it. And given the cavalier attitude of mohammedans toward pesky infidel rules and regulations, it is perfectly probable that the mosque proposal turned out, upon close examination, to be in breach of all sorts of things. - CM
'Those town planning concerns included the parking for 114 people, allowed as a maximum to the proposed two-storey building, the likely noise from early (really early: 4 am - CM) morning services (although the site is on an industrial estate, it is apparently right at the edge of that estate, well within earshot of neighbouring residential areas - CM) and the lack of setback on one side of the proposed mosque.
'Last week the council imposed conditions that the mosque's 4 am services would be pushed back to 7 am (I doubt that, had the Muslims gotten their way, this proviso would long have been observed - CM) and that extra sound-proofing be added to a rear wall 43 metres from homes.
'However Council on Tuesday rejected the application for the mosque outright, voting 10 to 6 [corrected: 9 to 6] to support Currumbin-based councillor Chris Robbins' motion that not enough research had been done to evaluate the social impact of an additional mosque.
Why not talk to persons in Britain who have experienced what happens when a mosque is built in the neighbourhood? Those in the vicinity of the East London mosque, for example? Or in France? Or for that matter, perhaps it's time to talk to Pakistani Christians and Hindus who have experienced the swarming mobs that issue forth from the mosque - urged on by blaring loudspeakers - to burn, bash and kill? And I think every person on the Gold Coast City Council should spend an hour at MEMRI, listening to the sorts of "sermons" that are routinely preached in mosques all over the dar al Islam...and not only there, but in mosques in places llke Berlin, and ask themselves: can we be certain, absolutely certain, that nothing like this is being preached in mosques in Australia? - CM
'Cr Tate said the Gold Coast was the most multicultural city in Australia and "nothing has changed" after the decision to reject the mosque.
You've been to the "Middle East" - not, I assume, to Israel, but to assorted wealthy oil states? - Cr Tate? How "multicultural" was it, really? Do you have any idea how precarious - indeed dangerous - life is for Copts in Muslim-dominated Egypt, or for Maronites in Muslim-dominated Lebanon? How awful life is for the de facto slaves - both Muslim and non-Muslim, from south and south-east Asia, in horrible places like Qatar and Dubai? How many churches, synagogues, Buddhist temples or Hindu shrines did you see in, say, Dubai? How varied, really, were the populations? The dar al Islam tends always toward a grim monoculture, and allowing Islam to establish itself, and expand, and expand, in the Gold Coast or any other part of Australia, will have the same effect here. It already is having that effect, in Lakemba in Sydney, where Muslims now number 50 percent of the suburb's population and Aussies of all other descriptions are being steadily pushed out. - CM
'Cr Tate said he imagined the applicants, Broadbeach Waters businessman Benjamin Abdul, 31, and Ishrat Abdool, 45, from Bilinga, would appeal the council's decision.
The council had better get ready to stonewall, bureaucratically. Because Mohammedans really do not like getting "No" for an answer. - CM
'he said the likely cost of fighting an appeal would depend on the type of appeal lodged.
'The Council's planning scheme supports places of worship being placed in industrial areas of the city, however questions the likely impact on social cohesion.
The recently-exposed Muslim plots to slice off the heads of Aussie infidels have had a pretty major effect on "social cohesion", I would say. And there is no guarantee that, among those who will attend or might attend the proposed mosque, there would not be those who would feel inclined to do that sort of thing, now or in future. - CM
'He said it was wrong to predict if it would be successful.
"To comment on that would prejudice our position, so even a lawyer wouldn't comment on that", Cr Tate said.
'A property search by Fairfax Media shows Mr Abdul and Mr Abdool are both directors of Salsabil Charitable Organisation, with Mr Abdul also serving as company secretary.
I wonder how long this outfit has been in operation, and where it gets its money from? - CM
'The company has its registered office on Clear Island Road at Broadbeach Waters. Fairfax Media twice on Tuesday asked Taylor Willis, the Gold Coast town planning firm representing Salsabil Charitable Organisation, if the firm would appeal the council's decision to reject the application.
'No reply was received, although Fairfax Media understands an appeal is being considered.
'A representative from the Gold Coast Islamic community said there was a growing population of Muslims on the Gold Coast and a new mosque was needed.
They always claim their population is "growing" and that a new mosque is needed.- CM
'Many, many Muslims are residing on the Gold Coast now and there are about 8000 to 9000 Muslims here", he told Nine News."
That is not a comforting thought for the Islamoaware. Got Muslims? - sooner or later, get Jihad. And the more Muslims, the more Jihad. But at least it appears, by the vigour of the local infidel opposition to this now-rejected proposal for a third mosque, that some on the Gold Coast are waking up. And with any luck, in the wake of the latest horrifying jihad plot that has just been exposed and (one hopes) foiled, Q Society on the Gold Coast will get a lot of new members, and the informed-and-alarmed resistance will continue to grow...faster than the Muslim influx. - CM
Posted on 09/18/2014 2:38 PM by Christina McIntosh
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Peshmerga Clash With Iranian Troops
Ideally, the Kurdish forces, the Peshmerga or Pesh Merga, will be built up enough by the Western powers so that they will be in a position, not to keep the Sunni Arabs from fighting the Shiites (they know, or believe, that Maliki was on the verge of sending his Shiite Arab army to subdue the Kurds) -- the Kurds have no stake in keeping Iraq together, and certainly not in keeping the Sunni Arabs and Shiite Arabs from attacking one another (both are enemies of Kurdish independence)-- but to begin to extend their reach into other Kurdish-populated areas, especially in Iran and Syria.
Iran is not a state but still a many-peopled empire, the Persian Empire where only half the population is Persian, and the rest Azeri, Kurd, Arab. And the Azeris have Azerbaijan to look toward, the Arabs of Khuzistan (where all of Iranian's richest oilfields are located) have the Arabs of Iraq, and the Kurds in northwestern Iran (there is also an isolated Kurdish population in northeastern Iran, but it is far from Kurdistan) will have a powerful Kurdistan in what had been northeastern Iraq, its borders and population still open to -- in every sense -- dispute.
Posted on 09/18/2014 7:52 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
ISIS in Juarez?
More on that car bomb attack possibly being planned for us here.
Posted on 09/18/2014 3:03 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Magdi Allam: Islam Is Not A Moderate Religion
Video, in Italian, here.
Posted on 09/18/2014 12:10 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Gaza-Israel Dateline Paris Dispatch No. 10
There is no word to accurately express the weight and scope of the Jewish Question
Anti-Semitism, Judeophobia, Jew-hatred, anti-Zionism, self-hating Jews…none of these terms captures the full range of negative relations to all that is Jewish. We use them for practical purposes, but they make it difficult to understand and confront a phenomenon of cosmic proportions that cannot be compared to commonplace prejudice based on color, nationality, tribe, social class, etc. The “Jewish Question” does not, as the above terms suggest, concern relations between two entities, Jews and Others. It is not about how Jews behave in general or in specific situations, it is not about how we are individually or collectively. It can’t be influenced by any change in what Jews do or say. Both Jews and non-Jews are affected, in myriad ways, by the enormity of the Question posed by Judaism. Baffled by the impossibility to assimilate the sign “Jewish,” otherwise normal people, veer off into bizarre reactions.
The Jewish Question cannot be solved by an Answer. Anathema to totalitarian projects, Judaism inevitably provokes their murderous fury. When the destructive forces that periodically beset humanity reach cataclysmic proportions they always include the need to exterminate Jews and Judaism. This exterminationist fury ignites minor secondary conflagrations in different sectors of society that would never consciously support the extermination and, consequently, are terribly offended when accused of anti-Semitism. Today, Islam, which harbors genocidal hatred of Jews in its essential composition, has turned the very word “Israel” into a raw nerve that triggers blinding hostility, leading people to act against their own vital interests.
This explains the grotesque reactions to Israel’s self-defensive “Protective Border” operation in Gaza. By any rational evaluation, Hamas would be seen as one of the countless tentacles of jihad conquest, and Israel would be admired or at least respected for its courage in facing up to the latest attempt by Hamas to annihilate the Jewish state. At the very moment when the free and not so free world is desperately seeking a strategy to deal with the Caliphate, Israel would serve as a model and precious ally. Instead, NATO, the UN, the EU are tossing and turning, abandoned by the superpower that once was the USA, timidly engaged in limited airstrikes and embroiled in confused rhetoric. The watchword is “no boots on the ground.” Netanyahu is under fire at home for not achieving an overwhelming victory, while these big, rich, heavily armed purportedly allied countries promise defeat.
Can we take comfort in the planned 30 or 40-nation coalition, including the likes of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Iran but not, of course, Israel? French commentators are pouting this week about the exclusion of Iran, at American insistence, from the September 15th international conference in Paris. Qatar is apparently joining the coalition while continuing to finance the beheaders. Turkey might be skittish about anything that could encourage Kurdish sovereignty. Great Britain will do airstrikes over Iraq but not over Syria. Saudi Arabia and assorted Emirates will swish around in their long white robes and let the infidels do the fighting. The idea, according to the usual experts, is that it won’t be the West killing Muslims, it will be a coalition led by moderate Arab-Muslim nations that will wipe out those caliphating renegades who don’t know what Islam is.
Lethal narrative, my friends. Instead of facing the reality of jihad conquest and fighting like men, the West will fiddle with the truth and reinforce the lie behind which Islam creeps into and over our world. Skipping rapidly over the inevitable squabbles, pecking-order power struggles, underhanded tricks and untenable delays, allow me to predict the gem that will be fashioned deep in the bowels of this coalition: they will decree that there’s no way to defeat the Caliphate unless and until Israel ends the Occupation by satisfying all demands imposed by the joint Fatah-Hamas government. In the meantime, the Caliphate will be increasing geometrically day by day.
The blinding glare of the Jewish Question
There is no lack of concrete evidence to rectify erroneous reports made during the Gaza operation. Hamas intimidation of journalists, use of human shields, installation of rocket launchers in civilian buildings, tunnel entrances in mosques and hospitals… Corrected casualty figures show at least a thousand fighters among the 2,000 dead. The Times of Israel reported that, according to Israeli intelligence, none of the “collaborators” recently executed in Gaza were Israeli assets. They were in prison during the operation, couldn’t have supplied information. The airstrikes that killed several Hamas top brass weren’t based on human intel. The journalist who said on i24 news that Hamas had to shoot rockets from heavily populated areas because there are no open fields in Gaza has not, to my knowledge, retracted. But no single element of the lethal narrative is as important as the casualty figures that served as leitmotif to every broadcast everywhere: 2,000 killed, most of them civilians.
As soon as the unconditional cease fire was concluded, Hamas leaders came out of the tunnels where they had been hiding, and proclaimed victory. Their version of the conflict was confirmed by overwhelming support for Hamas in Gaza and Judea-Samaria. Khaled Mashal rightfully declared that world media had drawn their water from the Hamas well. (cf Richard Landes “from Palestinian sources”). Indeed! They weren’t interested in reliable information that contradicted the image fabricated in the heat of battle. But their ears perked up suddenly when 43 Israeli army reservists of the prestigious 8200 intelligence unit vociferously objected to “unjust practices against the Palestinian population in the West Bank.” It was music to media ears, they couldn’t get enough of it. The other side of the story, the other 99% proud members of the unit, the rebuttal from defense minister Ya’alon among others, the special circumstances in a time of war, the lives saved during the operation…could not drown out those luscious sounds of dissent.
Israel launches an investigation of 11 cases of possible misconduct during the operation, including the alleged hit on the school in Rafa, denounced by Thomas Victor as Pallywood staging.
First, the investigations are reported as proof of misconduct. If it turns out there was no misconduct, they will be denounced as a whitewash. Hamas doesn’t investigate anything; they run to Human Rights Watch and get guaranteed condemnation. No need for evidence, the complaint is enough.
The human interest stories churned out during the Gaza operation might be justified if the context were clearly defined. It never was. They were raised to a universal plane of human suffering where the only decent reaction must be compassion. In fact, on the human interest level, what’s the difference between the family of a Hamas officer, the wife and children of a DAESH beheader, and a simple citizen caught in the middle? Same rubble, same dead relatives, same smashed furniture, same dismay, same denial: we had nothing to do with Hamas, DAESH, Hizbullah, the Taliban, AQMI...
Some of our best and brightest slip into mermaid discourse in the face of this stonewall. Israel, they say, has to learn how to get its message across. Stop infighting and bureaucratic inertia, use communications-savvy collaborators, stop apologizing, tell the world Hamas is DAESH and they’re out to get all of us, don’t forget to show what’s happening to Christians in the Middle East, occupy the media landscape, send articulate spokespersons… None of this advice should be necessary. The facts speak for themselves. But when they come from Israeli sources the blaring screech of the Jewish Question transforms them into white noise.
Talk about disproportion!
Flat-footed journalism, unable or unwilling to convey the enormous difference between Hamas and Israel, reduced the conflict to a match between two sides in the same category. Noble diplomats zipped back and forth trying to stop the massacre but “neither party wants to stop fighting.” Chronology was reversed--rockets launched by Hamas become tat for the tit of Israeli bombings. Hamas statements of genocidal intent were ignored, Israeli explanations were dismissed.
And the Caliphate was spreading like wildfire. In its path, Christian and Yazidi women were raped, bought and sold, starved to death, slain for refusing to convert to Islam. Where were the feminists? A handful of Lilith activists, convinced that arms for Israel transited through the Liège airport, flooded a terminal with fake blood. On the outskirts of Paris, hysterical BDS harpies screamed themselves hoarse for hours in a Rosny-sous-bois shopping mall until they were dragged away by the police. Tragic irony--several days later in the same banlieue a modest 4-story apartment building collapsed, presumably by a gas explosion, leaving Gaza style rubble.
As French authorities shivered in their boots at the prospect of returning jihad veterans, the Jewish Question took a new twist: dual nationals who did their military service in Israel were equated with French jihadis who went to fight with the Caliphate. This grotesque equation was promoted by, among others, Argentine president Cristina Kirchner and French firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon of the Front de Gauche. Tawfik Tahani, president of France-Palestine Solidarité, outdid them: he claimed that one week before the start of the Gaza operation, an Israeli sergeant had come to recruit Jewish and non-Jewish French fighters. N.B. only Israeli citizens can serve in the Israel Defense Force.
This grotesque, and unchallenged, allegation was made during a broadcast-- Le Secret des Sources—on the highbrow France Culture radio station; Tahani was there to balance Arno Klarsfeld, Esq., son of the famed Nazi-hunters Serge and Beate Klarsfeld. The idea of the weekly program is to re-examine the way journalists covered a big story. On September 6th the focus was on Gaza. Instead of focus, we got sidestepping. One journalist explained that as they entered Gaza they were assigned a fixer who stayed with them the whole time. Did it influence their coverage? The question wasn’t even raised. Another denied that it was forbidden to show Hamas fighters. “We didn’t see any, that’s all. It’s normal. There was a war going on. They were hiding in the tunnels.” Admitting that some images were falsified, a reporter chose a salient example: Israelis showed recycled footage of pompous funerals of soldiers dating back to earlier conflicts. Their notion of balanced coverage is simple: if you say something negative about one party to the conflict you have to say something negative about the other party.
Why would Tahani claim an Israeli recruiter was rounding up French fighters? In fact, the inclusion of one such damning—and patently false—accusation in hate-Israel barrages is recurrent: excrements in a home in Sheijaya, 45 minutes of fire aimed at Jamal and Mohamed al Dura, heartless Israeli soldiers kicking around a Palestinian baby like a football in Gaza… This from Hamas apologist Sara Roy’s “Response to Elie Weisel” [Counterpunch September 9]. Lurid details that cannot be verified are dropped like a date-rape drug into the let-me-criticize-Israel cocktail. Their purpose is to hit the genocidal nerve of the Jewish Question. When this nerve is hit, rational reception is no longer possible, the message is raised to a lethal level of potency. The ingurgitation of a nerve shocking falsehood dissolved in a mix of misdemeanors that could be attributed to any government or society, turns “Israel” into poison.
The tectonic shift in blame that makes Israel Public Enemy N°1 hinges on every sort of mental and moral perversion of which the human mind is capable
Totalitarian movements periodically beset human history; they have never been perpetrated by Jews or fueled by Judaism. Not only does obsession with the Jewish Question undermine our only ally in the Middle East, it fosters mortal confusion about our real enemy. DAESH Productions Inc. has presented its third beheading film, with coming attractions for the fourth. AQMI chapters in Algeria and other Islamic fighters worldwide are swearing allegiance to the Caliphate, Boko Haram is taking over swathes of Nigeria, and our leaders are tongue-tied. Prime Minister David Cameron, standing upright and British after the September 12th beheading of aid worker Paul Haines, said “Islam is a religion of peace.” Families or spokespersons for the decapitated journalists recite [abrogated] Koranic verses and insist “beheading has nothing to do with Islam.” President Obama, like a doctor trying to get a kid to open his mouth and say aaaah, keeps promising “no boots on the ground.” A retired French general commenting on air strikes against DAESH says reassuringly, “it won’t be like Gaza.” Coalition airstrikes, he says, will be aimed at military units out in the open, not in populated areas like Mosul. We should be able to handle this neatly, he adds, unless --as if it were the most outlandish possibility imaginable--the jihadis use human shields.
Conveniently forgetting atrocities committed under the reign of Saddam Hussein, commentators delight in latter day Bush-bashing. It’s the 2003 illegal invasion of Iraq that brought us the Caliphate, they declare, not realizing there is something twisted about assuming a disbanded Iraqi officer would naturally turn into a Caliphate killer. Other causes are reeled off--it’s because we intervened in Libya… and didn’t in Syria, abandoned Afghanistan and let Maliki discriminate against Sunnis in Iraq. Isn’t it time to realize it has nothing to do with our actions and mistakes? It’s not the fault of the neo-cons, the Zionists, the Jews, the Christians, the Pope, the Tea Party. It is the dynamics of Islam, its history and its foundations. Unless opposed by overwhelming force Islam can only go in one direction, like a river into the sea.
In between two Caliphate beheadings, a woman was decapitated in her north London garden. Neither the victim nor the perpetrator had been publicly identified before the police declared the crime was “not terrorism.” What did they mean? The killer wasn’t Muslim? Then the killer was identified-- a Nigerian, Nicholas Salvadore, and his victim--a loveable 82 year-old Londoner of Italian origin. But…it was subsequently revealed that the murderer is a convert to Islam. And some say he mistook the suntanned Mrs. Palmira Silva for a Jew. With that, the story slipped out of view.
It is a terrible portent.
Caliphators returning to Europe will not only attack Jews and other infidels they will tyrannize Muslims. Making use of local allies, they will take over neighborhoods the way they took over parts of Syria and Iraq, running roughshod over those moderate Muslims the progressives claim to love so much. They’ll engage in bloody combat with rivals in the Muslim community, take over mosques and the drug trade, rob banks and munitions depots, take hostages for ransom, kill policemen, rape women…and who will stop them?
Boots on the ground
What should Israel do in the face of this unremitting sleaze that is slopped on its every word and act? Take care of business. That’s what Israelis did this summer, in Gaza and at home. Do what had to be done. Resist Hamas rockets, destroy tunnels, bomb launch pads, while alert citizens run into bomb shelters, bless the Iron Dome and the IDF, and let the commentators ruminate their curd.
5,000 French Jews made Aliyah this year. Instead of scolding them, like Christophe Barbier, for mistaken divestment, French people should be asking how they will manage without these upstanding citizens. French Jews should not be pleading and petitioning for greater protection and less media venom, they should be given concrete proof that their presence is desired. Not flowery words, not interfaith declarations, not shoah memorials, but courage, lucidity, a change of heart, and determined action.
I write these words with affectionate concern for the welfare of my adopted country.
Posted on 09/18/2014 9:02 AM by Nidra Poller
Thursday, 18 September 2014
Israel Recognizes Aramaean Nationality
Why should not the non-Muslim peoples, those most recently the victims of Islam-prompted atrocities, be invited to settle in Israel, in exchange -- one-for-one -- of Muslim Arabs who will leave. This is nothing new; it is merely an example of the exchange of populations that Greeks and Muslim Turks in the early 1920s, Hindus and Muslims in India at the time of Partition in 1947, Jews and Muslims during and after the 1948-49 war, all engaged in this exchange.
Such an exchange would allow Christians (Chaldeans and Assyrians) and smaller non-Muslim peoples (Yazidis) to continue to live in the Middle East, in familiar surroundings, but under the protection of the Israeli army and the Israeli State. And the world's Christians should welcome the chance to enlarge the Christian population as a living presence of the faith in the Holy Land and the Near East, at a time when Muslim persecution and massacres have driven so many Christins out of their ancestral villages, with many killed, in Syria and Iraq.
Posted on 09/18/2014 8:30 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Some Of Those Civilians In Gaza
Posted on 09/17/2014 2:34 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Wednesday, 17 September 2014
Obama’s ISIS Strategy Is Weak
We can celebrate the fact that the United States is apparently going to bomb ISIS vigorously and not sporadically, and is going to bomb in Syria, aiming at ISIS, and is also going to assist moderate factions in the Syrian civil war. This last development is unconscionably late, as there was a time when the moderates were a much better bet than they are now, squeezed between the Assad regime and the militant Islamists. There is no possible explanation that is not discreditable for why we went from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s assertion that Assad was “a reformer,” to the unctuous Obama revelation that it was “time for him to go,” to the infamous, self-eradicating “red line,” to the abdication in favor of Congress to approve the much-announced punitive cruise-missile attacks that new Secretary of State John Kerry assured would be “unbelievably small,” to confiding the disposal of the poison gas that Assad had conferred upon some of his refractory countrymen to the capable and infinitely trustworthy hands of Vladimir Putin, who had supplied Assad in the first place. This dismal sequence was summarized last Wednesday by the president in his address to the country as the combination of strength and diplomacy that resolved the Syrian poison-gas crisis. It would also have been easier to deal with ISIS from the air when they were running amok with their assault vehicles festooned with black flags. And we were admonished to remember that the “Islamic State ” is not Islamic.
The same singular analytical method was touted as having alit upon the magic combination of strength and understanding that imposed upon Putin a restrained compliance with a fair solution in Ukraine. The president also took credit for America’s having, implicitly almost alone, routed Ebola in Africa (though the pandemic is still spreading and other countries have done their part to fight it). Conspicuous among the supposed triumphs of American policy that the president omitted to mention was any repetition of his statement several months ago that “diplomacy and American strength” had produced a satisfactory end to the crisis of Iranian pursuit of nuclear weapons. Given the prodigies of imagination the president displayed in identifying foreign-policy problems his administration had solved, the fact that he didn’t warm up this worm-eaten chestnut again is tantamount to an admission, if not of failure, at least, in the lexicon of Obaman self-evaluation, of deferred success.
No one can blame a political leader for putting the best possible face on his actions, but such wild fantasies as these incite concern over whether the president is really in touch with the facts, or whether he is chronically untruthful. This alarm was escalated when, in the midst of his address, President Obama told his viewers and listeners: “This is American leadership at its best.” There are two serious problems with this. It isn’t American leadership at all, and certainly not at its best; and it is tasteless, déclassé, and unprecedented for a president of the United States, in an address to the nation to outline policy in a national-security crisis, to critique at all, and especially in such unearned superlatives, his own performance. It is not conceivable that Roosevelt in the “great arsenal of democracy” address (December 1940), Truman in advocating aid to Greece and Turkey (1947), Eisenhower in sending the U.S. armed forces into Lebanon (1958), Kennedy in imposing the blockade of Cuba (1962), Nixon in invoking the “silent majority” in support of “Vietnamization” (1969), or Reagan in announcing the Strategic Defense Initiative (1983) would have offered a personal opinion of the quality of his leadership. Roosevelt said that neither “the pious frauds” of those Americans who served the interests of the dictators, nor any “dictator [or] combination of dictators,” would deter the United States from doing what its clear national interest and moral duty required. Nixon said, “This is my policy and I take responsibility for it. If it succeeds, what my critics say now won’t matter; if it fails, what I say then won’t matter.” In Truman’s famous phrase, all of them — and all those named were often responsible for American foreign-policy leadership at its best — understood that the buck stopped with them.
President Obama recently referred to a group of the terrorists as a “junior varsity.” Certainly, none of this rag-tag of terrorists and fanatics, nor all of them together, pose the threat that a great power such as the Third Reich or the Soviet Union, vested with all the instances and sinews of a powerful country and led by cunning and fiercely motivated tyrants, did to Western civilization, and to the United States in particular. But as terrorists go, ISIS is as extreme and odious as it is possible to imagine. Imputations of sophomoric standards and practices are more accurate when leveled against an American president who warps a sequence of failed policies into an illusory winning streak, and puts himself at the head of the 42 men who preceded him in his great office as an author of successful initiatives to lead the United States and its allies to success in a great crisis.
As I wrote above, our hearts may beat faster with the incitement to believe that the president’s dithering and sanctimony will at least produce a serious bombing assault on these terrorist mutants. They are so ghastly that they cannot really shelter invisibly among the civil population like conventional guerrillas, nor expect sophisticated arms from a foreign supplier. This air campaign in itself will not solve the problem, but ISIS et al. will not be able to advance on, or even exchange fire with, the ill-assured army of Iraq in the teeth of heavy American air attacks. Unlike the factions in the former Yugoslavia, which had anti-aircraft missiles and caused the United States and its allies to stay at 30,000 feet or higher to conduct a war worth killing for but not worth dying for, ISIS has no ability to shoot down warplanes and no defense against the combination of absolute precision and carpet coverage any comprehensive over-flight of the U.S Air Force and naval aviators, and contingents from serious allies, can administer. So a partially effective response appears finally to be emerging from years of posturing and pusillanimous shilly-shallying, and a first step may be imminent in resurrecting the Western Alliance as a reciprocal fraternity of purposeful democratic states prepared to act together, albeit with little likelihood of casualties, against an unspeakably barbarous enemy. Some countries are likely to contribute token air forces to such a risk-free turkey-shoot of such a horrible enemy.
But no one should imagine that President Obama’s address, or even the most effective possible sequel to it, will instantly redress most of the squandered credibility of the United States as a serious or consistent influence for international law and resistance to aggression and political criminality in the world that it earned and exercised very consistently from Roosevelt’s Quarantine Speech of 1937 to the overthrow of the Mullah Omar in Afghanistan in 2001. We are prayerfully envisioning a heavy air campaign with practically no casualties, by a president who is weak in the polls, facing a sharp electoral rebuke in eight weeks, and limping toward the end of an unsuccessful presidency at the head of a debt-ridden, bitterly divided, and largely, economically stagnant country. (The president’s claim to the greatest period of unemployment reduction in American history in his address to the nation last week was another Brobdingnagian whopper but went almost unnoticed amid such a heavily forested mass of unfounded claims to foreign-policy successes.) But as it is alleged St. Denis, patron saint of Paris, said after his decapitation (a timely simile), and arising from and walking away from the execution block with his head in his hands, “All journeys begin with a single step.”
First published in National Review.
Posted on 09/17/2014 2:10 PM by Conrad Black