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Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province
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Europe
'When will struggle begin against that sacred cow Israel?'
The extension of Hitler's anti- Semitism dressed up as pro-Palestinian ideology in Germany in the 1960s and 1970s plays an important role in a new book on terrorism and anti-Semitism in the Federal Republic.

The book's title is a quote from left-wing terrorist Dieter Kunzelmann: "When Will the Struggle Begin Against that Sacred Cow Israel?" and is splashed across the hardcover edition of the massive tome. The subtitle reads "On the anti-Semitic Roots of German Terrorism."

The nearly 900-page book by Dr. Wolfgang Kraushaar hit bookstores and magazine shops on Friday, triggering riveting reviews in the German media about the origins of leftist anti-Semitic terrorism.

Kraushaar is a political scientist at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research.

Die Welt headlined its article on Friday, "The repressed murder of Jews during the 1970s."

"Why is this chapter of German history not well known?" the article asks in connection with Kraushaar's book. "In 1970, 55 people died within 11 days caused by bomb package attacks, an arson attack and attempted plane hijackings." The goal of the attacks, writes Mara Delius, from Die Welt, was to kill "Israelis and Jews."

The arson attack took place at the Jewish community center in Munich and the attempted hijacking of an El Al flight at the Munich-Riem airport. A Palestinian terrorist group detonated hand grenades and killed a young Israeli passenger. Nine other people were severely wounded.
Posted by: tipper || 02/24/2013 00:44 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [274 views] Top||


Embrace Moderate Muslim Leaders
[Ynet] Prominent rabbi writes that increased willingness of European Mohammedan leaders to denounce attacks on Jews mustn't be overlooked

The delegates to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations deserve our united applause for travelling to Gay Paree last week to express solidarity with French Jewry, which has endured a rising number of violent anti-Semitic attacks in recent years, including the horrific incident in Toulouse
...lies on the banks of the River Garonne, half-way between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. The Toulouse metropolitan area is the fourth-largest in La Belle France...
last March in which an Islamist bad turban shot up a Jewish day school, killing three schoolchildren and a rabbi.

In that context, it is also significant that the Presidents' Conference delegation visited the Shoah Memorial in the suburban community of Drancy in the company of Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, the imam of Drancy. Imam Chalghoumi was among 70 European Mohammedan and Jewish leaders who took part in the First Gathering of European Mohammedan and Jewish Leaders, which was initiated by The Foundation for Ethnic Understanding and held in Brussels in December, 2010.

At that historic event, the first conference bringing together Jewish and Mohammedan leaders from across the continent, participants resolved to work together to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Mohammedan bigotry and defend ritual practices sacred to both faiths like male circumcision and ritual slaughter that have been under attack in recent years by courts and legislative bodies in Germany, the Netherlands and elsewhere.

The encouraging reality is that in the past several years, many top Mohammedan leaders in La Belle France and across Europe have been speaking out against anti-Semitic attacks, even when carried out by fellow Mohammedans, and vowing to stand together with their Jewish counterparts in opposing anti-Semitism and anti-Mohammedan bigotry. Many Jews are unaware that in the wake of the killings in Toulouse, large numbers of French Mohammedans took part in interfaith demonstrations and candlelight vigils in Gay Paree, Marseilles, Nice, Lyon, Strasbourg, Grenoble, Bordeaux, Dijon, Lille and other cities. Major French Mohammedan organizations, including the French Council of the Mohammedan Faith and the Great Mosque of Gay Paree strongly condemned the attack as being antithetical to the fundamental precepts of Islam.

Working through organizations like the Amitie Judeo-Musulmane de La Belle France (Jewish-Mohammedan Friendship Society of La Belle France), many French imams have made trips to Auschwitz and subsequently issued moving statements denouncing Holocaust denial. In a compelling gesture of reconciliation, 15 French Mohammedan leaders followed the lead of 10 American Mohammedan leaders in sending an open letter to the chairman of Hamas, always the voice of sweet reason,, Khaled Mashaal, urging that Israeli prisoner Gilad Shalit, who had been held by Hamas for more than five years, should be released on humanitarian grounds. Shalit was released just over a month after the letters were dispatched.

La Belle France is hardly the only European country in which this positive Mohammedan engagement with the Jewish community has been taking place. The willingness of European Mohammedan leaders to speak out publicly against violent anti-Semitic attacks carried out by their co-religionists began in the United Kingdom in January 2009, when in the wake of an upsurge of attacks on Jews by Mohammedans during the Israel-Gazoo war of that year, more than 20 prominent British Mohammedans signed a joint letter denouncing anti-Semitic attacks and calling for continued Mohammedan vigilance against anti-Semitism.

In the Ukrainian autonomous region of Crimea, local Jews and Mohammedans from the Crimean Tatar community have formed an alliance to fight rising hate crimes against both communities. Only a week ago, leading Mohammedan and Jewish leaders gathered in the German city of Osnabruck for an event in which they strategized on how to work together to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Mohammedan bigotry and to ensure that ritual practices sacred to both faiths are not circumscribed.

In short, while the growing number and growing violence of anti-Semitic attacks by Mohammedans in Europe is a deeply troubling phenomenon that must be combated, let us not overlook the greatly increased willingness of European Mohammedan leaders to denounce attacks on Jews and to stand with Jewish leaders against religious bigotry. Ongoing efforts to strengthen Mohammedan-Jewish relations by leaders in both communities play an indispensable role in protecting the security and well-being of Jews in countries in Europe and around the world with large and growing Mohammedan populations.
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/24/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [327 views] Top||

#1  There ARE NO MODERATE MUSLIM leaders.

End of argument.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/24/2013 1:26 Comments || Top||

#2  Is there any?
Until they teach their followers to live peacefully alongside other religions there will be no peace on this earth.
Posted by: Snomomp Schwarzeneggar3438 || 02/24/2013 4:22 Comments || Top||

#3  RJ, EMBRACE OXYMORONS.

Eschew inanity.
Posted by: Alanc || 02/24/2013 8:46 Comments || Top||

#4  It would appear, in Muslim culture, the definition of Moderate is just a tich above their savage brethren. That segment doesn’t engage in violence and at times will even denounce senseless individual acts. Now, ask the same folks if the Paleo’s blowing up population centers (aka; ‘Right to Resistance’) is justified and see it matches your definition of moderate.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/24/2013 10:35 Comments || Top||

#5  I would give them credit if they say the same thing in Arabic, without a wink-wink
Posted by: Frank G || 02/24/2013 11:06 Comments || Top||

#6  Ok
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/24/2013 13:14 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Culture Wars
The Bill of Rights for dummies, with emphasis on the 3rd Amendment
Interesting hypothesis.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top||

#1  NOT A HYPOTHESIS.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 02/24/2013 1:32 Comments || Top||

#2  An even more radical interpretation is from Gary North, who described the creation of the U.S. Constitution as an illegal coup, with the following points:
The Convention was assembled under false pretenses.
All attendees took a vow of lifetime silence.
They held their meetings on the second floor: no eavesdroppers
The press was barred from attending.
The legislatures’ (Congress as stipulated by the Articles of Confederation) instructions were deliberately violated.
The Confederation Congress refused to challenge the Constitutional Convention’s deliberate
overturning of the Confederation Congress’ own authority and also the rules governing
the amending process that were specified in the Articles of Confederation.
Instead, on September 28, 1787, the Confederation Congress passed along
copies of the proposed Constitution to the state legislatures, which in
turn authorized the calling of state ratification conventions that would
be completely independent of the legislatures, thereby transferring sovereignty to state conventions.
An interesting, although long, read.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 02/24/2013 2:32 Comments || Top||

#3  ..problem with the argument is that it was ratified and recognized as legitimate by all the states involved. North was imposing modern judicial and social standards to something that happened over 200 years ago. Does he throw in that there was no 'universal franchise' and 'slavery' in his argument as well, because where is there 'consent of the governed' in that combination?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2013 8:53 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
The Debate We Have to Win, Otherwise We Lose the Country
Recently a discussion of this story about DC Comics being pressured by homosexual activists to fire one of its writers because he’s on the board of the National Organization of Marriage prompted vigorous debate on my Facebook wall. While perusing through the various comments, it was obvious there still exists much confusion in our country today about the term “rights.”

There are two types of rights: unalienable and contractual.

Sometimes referred to as a natural right (i.e. “the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God” reference from The Declaration of Independence), an unalienable right is a right that comes from God and thus can be accessed in your natural state without consent from another party because it existed before you were born, and will still exist in nature after you die. It’s inherent to being made in the image of God.

Should another party attempt to stop you from accessing your unalienable (or natural) rights they are guilty of a crime, oppression, tyranny, or all of the above. For example, I do not require anyone’s consent to breathe air for it is foundational to my natural state of being. However, should you attempt to stop me from breathing then you are guilty of assault, battery, manslaughter, or murder if you’re ultimately successful.

If it requires consent from another party to access it then it is not an unalienable (aka natural) right, because you have to impose upon someone else’s unalienable (aka natural) rights in the process. Taking someone else’s person or property without their consent is what we call a crime.

Nowadays some are claiming unalienable (or natural) rights that don’t exist.

For example, you do not have an unalienable (or natural) right to marry or have sex with whomever you want, because partaking of each of those activities requires consent from another party. We call people who believe they can have sex (aka “physical intimacy”) with whomever they want rapists and put them in prison whenever we can. We call people who believe they can marry whomever they want cult leaders, sultans, kings, and tyrants because they’re acquiring harems and concubines.

Likewise, you also don’t have a natural right to live where you want as I’ve heard some claim on issues like immigration. To believe that requires you to believe that private property doesn’t exist. You can’t have it both ways. If you believe I have the right to defend my own property (which our founders absolutely did), then you also have to believe that “we the people” have the right to defend our own property as well. In a “government by the consent of the governed” that property in this case are the borders and lands of these United States of America. We own them and they are our private property. Therefore, we have a right to possess and police them accordingly.

Rights that require the consent of another party are contractual rights.
Posted by: tipper || 02/24/2013 00:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [307 views] Top||

#1  The one problem---you ain't gonna win this debate with words.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 02/24/2013 1:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Interestingly, I am told "same sex couples" [married or otherwise] have now been granted the "right" to military spousal benefits.

It was never about equality, was it ?

Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2013 2:40 Comments || Top||

#3  ..no, it was and is about power. All else is a rationalization. It's part of the urban bubble civilization that no longer understands its dependency upon the non-urban environment to sustain it and merrily goes about undermining and destroying the very source for its own existence.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2013 8:58 Comments || Top||

#4  Usually after a big social backlash the offending parties are "brought low".
They should really consider the course they have taken, and I mean that of all "activists".
History repeats, we have lived in a time of gentile western behavior, but it has not always been like this.
Posted by: bigjim-CA || 02/24/2013 15:31 Comments || Top||


Hagel's Damaged Brand
[Times of Israel] While they will no doubt lose the confirmation battle, Republicans already achieved victory in the policy war.

Few issues have focused Washington's contentious energies in recent weeks more than the nomination of former Nebraska senator and maverick Republican Chuck Hagel to the post of defense secretary.

Republican senators have delayed, chastised and publicly humiliated the nominee at every opportunity. Democrats, while quietly toeing the line for the president, have expressed their own reservations and even, discreetly, asked the White House if there wasn't a better candidate available.
Continued on Page 49
Posted by: trailing wife || 02/24/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top||

#1  Hagel was not appointed to 'Preserve, Protect and Defend' the United States. He was appointed to dismantle the Armed Forces so the Defense Budget can be used for Obamacare and other highly successful social programs.
Posted by: Griter Crart8496 || 02/24/2013 0:42 Comments || Top||

#2  Not exactly. Panetta could have done that.

Hagel was nominated so that he could do all that and, when people complained, Champ could point out that it was all 'bipartisan' since Hagel is supposedly a Republican.
Posted by: Steve White || 02/24/2013 0:48 Comments || Top||

#3  ...well, the breed known as a Beltway Republican, and while that has the highest endorsement of the RNC, it's just considered a social club of the DNC.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 02/24/2013 9:02 Comments || Top||

#4  Hagel has been an outspoken critic of many of the signature Republican foreign policy positions of recent years…

I’m opposed to Hagel’s confirmation because he seems like a dimwit.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 02/24/2013 9:42 Comments || Top||

#5  I’m opposed to Hagel’s confirmation because he seems like a dimwit.
Posted by: DepotGuy


A charitable assessment I'd say. Quite charitable.
Posted by: Besoeker || 02/24/2013 11:07 Comments || Top||

#6  he was an awful appointee. His confirmation hearing was the most uninformed, ignorant, incompetent and embarrassing I've ever seen. He was appointed to be the "Republican that cut Defense" shield for Zero, and that's failed. He's shown that he has little if any Repub support, and anything he does will reflect back on Zero, not the GOP
Posted by: Frank G || 02/24/2013 11:21 Comments || Top||

#7  I'm opposed to Hagel's confirmation because he seems like a dimwit.

There is historical precedent though: didn't the Emperor Caligula appoint a horse to the Senate? OK, a horse and an ass are different, but let's not be pedantic.
Posted by: SteveS || 02/24/2013 11:43 Comments || Top||

#8  How about compromise? A "Horse's Ass".
Posted by: Sgt.D. T. || 02/24/2013 13:38 Comments || Top||

#9  Last I checked Horses will carry a Jewish man to safety, so not exactly a fair comparison.
Posted by: Charles || 02/24/2013 17:35 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Action against militants
[Dawn] THE demand for cracking down on beturbanned goon organizations has picked up in the wake of the Quetta blast last week which killed more than 90 people. The federal government has been taken to task for failing to protect lives and as tough questions are asked, the army has been heard denying any ties with the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi
... a 'more violent' offshoot of Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistain. LeJ's purpose in life is to murder anyone who's not of utmost religious purity, starting with Shiites but including Brelvis, Ahmadis, Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Rosicrucians, and just about anyone else you can think of. They are currently a wholly-owned subsidiary of al-Qaeda ...
which grabbed credit for the attack. There has been a build-up of public anger and a number of statements and newspaper articles have pointed out the urgency of all parties closing ranks to defeat terrorist strikes carried out in the name of religion. But even if this mood is seen as holding out hope for a concerted drive against the beturbanned goons, in practical terms there is insufficient support by key players. News reports have gone to the extent of shaming political parties over striking convenient alliances with Islamic fascisti for political gains -- something which unfortunately is bound to be repeated when elections are held. There have been impassioned pleas for provincial governments, too, to come out of their comfort zones and contribute to the fight against the beturbanned goons. The government of Mian Shahbaz Sharif in Punjab has been a particular target of criticism on this count, and this criticism has increased after Interior Minister Rehman Malik
Pak politician, Interior Minister under the Gilani government. Malik is a former Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) intelligence officer who rose to head the FIA during Benazir Bhutto's second tenure. Malik was tossed from his FIA job in 1998 after documenting the breath-taking corruption of the Sharif family. By unhappy coincidence Nawaz Sharif became PM at just that moment and Malik moved to London one step ahead of the button men. He had to give up the interior ministry job because he held dual Brit citizenship.
stated the kaboom used in the Quetta blast had been procured in Lahore and renewed his call to the Punjab government to launch an operation against the LJ.

PML-N circles have reacted to the 'allegation' with the standard two-pronged argument. Party members have as per routine countered accusations of links with beturbanned goon groups by blaming opposing parties of having connections with the same beturbanned goons. On the administrative level, a PML-N front man used an old tactic when he lamented the failure of Rehman Malik and his government to share with Punjab crucial information, gathered by the federal intelligence agencies, about a possible strike. This was a typical exchange between two governments that remain at loggerheads. On the whole it is politics that reeks of disrespect for the dead and apathy for the people of Pakistain whose lives are in peril.

Posted by: Fred || 02/24/2013 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [266 views] Top||



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  Karzai orders US special forces out of Afghan province
Sat 2013-02-23
  Syrian Rebels Claim To Seize Nuclear Facility
Fri 2013-02-22
  Boko Haram Denies Ceasefire, Pastes Threat Posters In Borno
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  Bombing in Indian Hyderabad, at least 11 killed
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  French nationals kidnapped in northern Cameroon
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  Mortars land near Syrian presidential palace
Mon 2013-02-18
  Five killed in attack at government office in Peshawar
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  Egyptian police publicly beat to death man suspected of killing officer
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  Pakistan asks Taliban to announce 30-day cease-fire for talks
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