The Iconoclast

Monday, 23 March 2015
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It’s received wisdom that France does not reform except by violence. Since I heard my French brother-in-law repeat this wisdom recently, I believe that it must be true. The French government is currently involved in a life-and-death struggle to pass a law that would introduce a few minor economic ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/23/2015 4:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Not Benjamin Netanyahu, not Tom Cotton, but Michael Hayden, Olli Heinonen, and Ray Takeyh, on the Iranian strategy, and the danger of allowing only a year to detect, judge, decide to act, and act, on Iranian violations of the agreement egregious enough to be detected, when it will necessarily take far ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:50 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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I listened to the BBC coverage of the death of Lee Kuan Yew. It was all about how he had taken this sleepy backwater and transformed it into a rich and powerful city-state, gleaming with skyscrapers, and had done so by imposing strict rules to govern many areas of life, with punishment for spitting ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:13 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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The year 2022 (according to the lunar calendar), but I forget what year that is A.H. You do the math. It's not just according to the Qur'an but, says Maher Hamoud, a Muslim cleric in Lebanon, according to the Torah too. Just about then Netanyahu should be coming to the end of his fifth -- or will ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:07 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Watch, and listen, here.   ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:04 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Abdi Nur, right, posted a photo online from Syria. A friend, Abdullah Yusuf, left, was stopped as he tried to depart. Top, an image of Western passports put up by a Twitter user who says she is an American with the Islamic State.   Source; New York Times The Sunday New York Times had a front page ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 9:53 PM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Here. His mentally ill child was exploited by the Muslims of the Islamic State, who used him up, in their version of cannon-fodder, as a suicide bomber. It's what gave Jake Bilardi's life meaning -- because Jake Bilardi was a mentally ill Westerner. If you are a Muslim, you don't have to be mentally ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 9:37 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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He's not the only one who wishes that. Out of petulance, in a fit of pique, Obama threatens to undo, to reverse, nearly a half-century of understanding about Israel's quandary. Even if Obama hardly knows what the Palestine Mandate was intended to achieve, that is why it was created, even if he doesn't ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 8:44 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Erri De Luca was stricken while rock-climbing -- a "light ischemia" -- and fell, and was taken to the hospital. This was announced, just tonight, in the middle of a well-known program (Che Tempo Che Fa) on Italian television. That is how important, for many in Italy, Erri De Luca is. Erri De Luca ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 8:06 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Andrew Gillligan in the Telegraph At first glance, it looks admirable: two closely connected campaigns, called YouElect and Mend (Muslim Engagement and Development), to get British Muslims involved and voting in this year’s general election. Mend says it is “creating and supporting an environment ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 6:12 PM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Everyone sees that now. Even, believe it or not, the BBC. Go to the Louvre, the British Museum, or the Berlin Museum with the Ishtar Gate lions, or even such small museums with hammurabi-ish stuff, such as the Museum of Antiquities in Topkapi, with its baby hammurabi-code in stone, or the Assyrian ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 11:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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It's taking General Soleimani and the other Iranians quite a while, isn't it, to get the Shi'a militias going again? What are they waiting for, the air power of the Great Satan? Sorry, no can do. How it's gone so far in Tikrit, the great battle for which started three weeks ago, but who's counting ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:54 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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The Alevis in Turkey have always had trouble with the Sunnnis. They attend cemevis, not mosques, and under the very-Muslim Erdogan, the cemevis have been subjected to various difficulties.According to the law, "houses of worship" are  exempt from various utility bills. But. Sunni Turks, and especially ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:42 AM by Hugh Fitzgeralld
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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He had a "finta ingessatura" -- a fake cast -- on his leg, and on crutches he hobbled into the Shiite mosque, blew himself and others up, and in the smoke and confusion, four other suicide bombers came in and did their stuff. You can watch him here. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:24 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Naipaul wrote several books based on his experiences -- the camouflage of his brown skin, a kind of passport to the Third World,  helped -- travelling through Muslim lands, especially those in Iran and South Asia, and observing and recording the views of many different kinds of non-Arab Muslims. One ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:10 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali sets out, in a new book (a preview of which was just published in the Wall Street Journal here, the reasons that Islam, that is the adherents of Islam, Muslims, cannot live peacefully with, nor be trusted by, any non-Muslims. She sets out some, not all, of the things that would have ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 10:01 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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And why shoudn't it? Once you make the decision, the fateful decision, that given everything you see around you, everything you experience in your vie quotidienne, everything you have learned about Islam, everything you now comprehend about the failures of the two  main parties, over the past several ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 7:49 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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  “Virgil” in today’s Breitbart report had a provocative assessment of Middle East issues in the wake of this Tuesday’s Victory by incumbent Israeli PM Netanyahu, The Future of the Middle East: Ominous Scenarios and a Possible Solution for Israel: If we think hard, we can envision that Israel, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 7:39 AM by Jerry Gordon
Sunday, 22 March 2015
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This is interesting for two reasons; the initial story, and the way newspapers other than the Mail on Sunday (to which the story was revealed) report it. So we start with the Mail on Sunday. A key Tory Election candidate was suspended last night after plotting with far-Right extremists to stir ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/22/2015 4:52 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
Saturday, 21 March 2015
Saturday, 21 March 2015
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A saying attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt is that small minds discuss people, average minds discuss events, and great minds discuss ideas. This is not applicable to all commentators on public affairs but sadly rather true about the remarks made by the White House after the victory of Israeli Prime Minister ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2015 7:49 AM by Michael Curtis
Saturday, 21 March 2015
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This was Scott's leader in the Manchester Guardian (now The Guardian) on the day that the Balfour declaration was published in the paper.   PALESTINE AND THE JEWS Wednesday, November 7, 1917 We speak of Palestine as a country, but it is not a country; it is at present little more than ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2015 1:32 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
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Stupidity, cupidity, timidity, gullibility -- there may be more -- it's the Esdrujula Explanation for the behavior of Western non-Muslims, in refusing to see what is right in front of them, every day in every way, and about which I posted many years ago. A Berber apostate (Kabyle stands in for Berber), ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2015 1:15 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Saturday, 21 March 2015
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Piero Ostellino, at ilgiornale.it, here. Islam is making war on us, on our Italian, Western identity. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/21/2015 12:34 AM by Hugh Fitzgerald
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