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UK: Iran supplying arms to the Taliban
London, Jul. 16 – Britain on Monday reaffirmed a previous claim that Iran was supplying Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan with arms to attack Coalition forces. “We have successfully interdicted the transfer of arms across the Iranian border into the southern part of Afghanistan. To my knowledge, on at least two occasions—perhaps even more—we have identified markings on weaponry that suggest that it had its origins in Iran”, British Defence Secretary Des Browne told Parliament.

Browne said that the international community ought to make it clear to the Iranians that their actions in Afghanistan were “unacceptable”.

He added that the Taliban were currently able to threaten Afghan and international security forces in parts of eastern and southern Afghanistan by means of improvised explosive devices, suicide bombers and small-scale attacks.
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#1  And yet we do nothing. Time to ban smoking in the Royal Navy.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/17/2007 11:06 Comments || Top||

Galloway suspended from House of Commons
Garin Hovannisian & Alec Mouhibian, The Weekly Standard

EARLY THIS MORNING, a committee of the British House of Commons suspended the flamboyant* George Galloway, member from Bethnal Green and Bow, for 18 days for concealing the Iraqi funding of his "charity," the Mariam Appeal. Founded in the late 1990s to bring attention to the suffering of Iraqis under U.N. sanctions, the Appeal was the platform from which Galloway pursued his anti-West campaign. The committee found that

the Oil for Food Programme was used by the Iraqi government, with Mr. Galloway's connivance, to fund the campaigning activities of the Mariam Appeal. In acting as he did, Mr. Galloway breached the advocacy rule and damaged the reputation of the House.

Galloway was courting Saddam Hussein well before the dictator fell out of power and into fashion in radical leftist circles. "Sir, I salute your courage, your strength, your indefatigability," Galloway told the tyrant in 1994. "And I want you to know that we are with you until victory, until victory, until Jerusalem." . . .

*Remember the catsuit photos? "Flamboyant" ain't the half of it!
Posted by: Mike || 07/17/2007 16:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6517 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Baath Party

#1  arggh!!! my eyes! MY EYES!!!
Posted by: PlanetDan || 07/17/2007 17:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Suspended for 18 day? Yup, that will teach him!

Unless someone can enlighten me otherwise I beleive this is equal to a half-stroke with an overcooked noodle.
Posted by: Throger Thains8048 || 07/17/2007 18:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Rats... they didn't suspend him with a rope. From the neck.
Oh, well. Better luck next time, chaps.
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 07/17/2007 18:33 Comments || Top||

#4  ever notice how Satan's little helpers always seem to escape their justice in this lifetime?

What I don't understand is why this putrid, bubbling, little cauldron of slime hasn't spontaneoulsy combusted yet.
Posted by: A T || 07/17/2007 18:46 Comments || Top||

#5  My thoughts too, Sgt. Mom. If there was any justice he'd be headed toward the Gallows-Way.
Posted by: WTF || 07/17/2007 21:25 Comments || Top||

#6  Those are two of the ugliest women I have ever seen.
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/17/2007 21:28 Comments || Top||

Inmate runs terror website from his prison cell
AN al-Qaeda fanatic jailed for inciting murder online was caught making a website urging terror attacks - from his cell in Britain's most secure prison. Tariq Al-Daour, 21, used a smuggled mobile phone and modem lead to access the internet on a laptop issued by the Prison Service to help him prepare his court case.

The laptop was seized after a violent struggle when prison officers suspected he was misusing it and the hate-filled website called Global Jihad was found. The Home Office has launched an urgent inquiry to discover how the mobile was smuggled into Belmarsh's High Security Unit, which holds the country's most dangerous inmates. They fear Al-Daour may have used it to contact other al-Qaeda terrorists and are scrutinising calls he made.

A senior prison source said yesterday: "It is frightening that an al-Qaeda prisoner was able to build an extremist website within Britain's supposedly most secure jail. This is a massive security breach. It's a real wake-up call.
Every time they get one of those wake-up calls they go back to sleep almost immediately.
"The fact he was inside for building terror websites means he should have been watched like a hawk. A mobile phone should never have managed to end up in the High Security Unit in the first place. Prisoners are strip-searched when they enter and leave. The fear is a corrupt member of staff got the phone in."
Prob'ly the bearded guy with the turban.
Al-Daour's website - built while he was on trial - was full of al-Qaeda propaganda calling on extremists to wage war on the West. The source said: "The website was not finished, but it wasn't far off. He must have been working on it for some time as there were a lot of pages and text. It is staggering that he was able to work undetected."

Two weeks ago, Al-Daour, born in the United Arab Emirates, and two fellow extremists were jailed for six-and-a-half-years for inciting terrorist murder using the internet. They ran a series of jihad websites containing films of beheadings and bomb-making tips. The cyber jihadis were the first to be convicted in the UK of inciting terror online.

He refused to hand it over, sparking a vicious riot in which four officers were battered with pool cues by Al-Daour and other al-Qaeda prisoners.
Al-Daour's laptop was seized at the South London jail in May. He refused to hand it over, sparking a vicious riot in which four officers were battered with pool cues by Al-Daour and other al-Qaeda prisoners. The Ministry for Justice denied a mobile phone had been found, but refused to discuss how illegal material found its way on to the laptop.

28 LAPTOPS worth £1,000 each were given to terror suspects at Belmarsh to access legal papers, the Mirror revealed last year. Under the Access to Justice scheme, prisoners get laptops to prepare their court cases. Internet access can be obtained using a mobile phone. It is not the first time a mobile has been found on the High Security Unit. Earlier this year, a prisoner was caught chatting on one on the unit. It is understood he was moved to a new prison after being convicted. There are around 125 Muslim terror suspects in the jail.
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Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 12:36 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6489 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda

#1  Quelle surprise
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble || 07/17/2007 12:41 Comments || Top||

#2  The fear is a corrupt member of staff got the phone in.

Hmmmmmm...I wonder if anyone banged in sick at Belmarsh today?
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/17/2007 12:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Guess they'll have to go back to just paper and crayons for those inmates now.
Posted by: danking_70 || 07/17/2007 13:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Why are the inmates doing legal research anyway? In the US, that should be the job of their lawyers. If Al-Daour is acting as his own attorney, he has a fool for a client.
Posted by: Rambler || 07/17/2007 13:48 Comments || Top||

#5  I have an old Remington Rand typewrite and extra ribbon that cannot be hooked up to a modem. I wonder if the Brits would be interested in a donation like that.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/17/2007 14:23 Comments || Top||

#6  there is a long history fo inmates in the us doing their own legal research. the case that went to the supreme court (arizona vs miranda)was brought to the court by an inmate with no real legal experience prior to his own incarceration. anyone who has watched american tv will recognize "you have the right to be silent, anything you say can be held against you in a court of law. you have the right to an attorney. if you can not afford an attorney one will be appointed for you. do you understand these rights?"

my issue is that his computer time was unmonitored and unrestricted. why did he have the laptop in his cell and why did other inmates have access to pool cues?
Posted by: Abu do you love || 07/17/2007 14:29 Comments || Top||

#7  my issue is that his computer time was unmonitored and unrestricted. why did he have the laptop in his cell and why did other inmates have access to pool cues?

what abu's love said! >;-)
Posted by: RD || 07/17/2007 20:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Give him a library card and some legal pads ... after he dues his time in the box. Now Rosie will have to hire another web-master.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/17/2007 22:30 Comments || Top||

N. Korean nuclear envoy arrives for Beijing talks
North Korea's top nuclear envoy arrived Tuesday in Beijing for another round of talks on disarming Pyongyang's nuclear program, a day after the UN confirmed the communist country had shut down its sole functioning nuclear reactor.

Kim Kye Gwan did not say anything at the Beijing airport, but he told broadcaster APTN on leaving Pyongyang that "there should be discussion on how to define the targets of the second phase, the obligations for each party, and also the sequence of the actions."

North Korea pledged in an international accord in February to shut the reactor at Yongbyon and dismantle its nuclear programs in return for 1 million tons of oil and political concessions. However, it stalled for several months because of a separate, now-resolved dispute with the US over frozen bank funds.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6519 views] Top|| File under:

#1  CHOSUN ILBO Op-Ed > NORTH KOREA RETURNS TO SQUARE ONE. Yongbyon is only one of several facilities the UNIAEA was supposed to inspect for nuclear work; Author believes that NK may had already extracted enuff NucMats for 6-8 nuclear bombs-devices. plus NK was in favor of temporary "disablement" only, NOT "dismantlement"
, of Yongbyon. LEST WE FERGIT, THERE'S ALWAYS IRAN'S PROGRAM [Pakistan + Libya, etc.].
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/17/2007 21:31 Comments || Top||

1/3 Europeans say Jews too influential
The other 2/3 don't speak out because they fear Jewish influence
Anti-Semitic feeling in Europe is growing, with half of respondents in a new survey believing that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the countries where they live and a third saying Jews have too much influence in business and finance, according to a report released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League.
Unless they're terminally stupid---which many of them are
Posted by: gromgoru || 07/17/2007 09:45 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6518 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So it is ok for the Muzzies to feel more loyal to Islam than their host country, but not the evil jooooos.

Why does this sound all so familiar?
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/17/2007 10:56 Comments || Top||

#2  There are many Americans who say the same thing (usually on the left). Never mind the fact that most American Jews vote left.
Posted by: Broadhead6 || 07/17/2007 11:26 Comments || Top||

#3  This is so ignorant, just plain stupid, and outright vile. If things aren't going like you want, blame the Jews and everything will be better. Just ask the Germans.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 07/17/2007 11:47 Comments || Top||

#4  And all the while new mosques are being built in their back yards.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/17/2007 12:04 Comments || Top||

#5  And all the while new mosques are being built in their back yards.

Here in France, many on the right blame jews for having been over the last few decades big proponent of mass immigrations, always ready to fight and denounce "racism" (that is anything that said that perhaps immigration wasn't "a lucky deal for France"), mocking french identity as passé and outdated and chauvinist,... and in some extent at thre very least, they're quite right, like in the USA, jewish intellectuals were massively over-represented into the advocates of multiculturalism. Don't forget that about 80% of the funding for the US democratic party come from the jewish community (which is logical, since it votes at about 80% for the left).
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 12:31 Comments || Top||

#6  5089 - if you are going to make that comment, you also need to note that self-loathing, non-jewish liberals are also to blame.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 13:13 Comments || Top||

#7  You mean like the new president of Israel?

(from a french link, slightly OT)$
Hazony rappelle, entre autres, les propos publiés par Shimon Pérès dans un ouvrage « Le nouveau Moyen-Orient ». Pérès prédit que « toute idée d’un petit Etat national –l’Etat juif inclus- s’est effondré » (cité dans l’Etat juif, p. 103). Il poursuit : « Il ne fait aucun doute que le prochain objectif d’Israël devra être de devenir membre de la Ligue arabe. » (id. p. 107)
Guideon Samet surenchérit dans un article publié dans Haaretz : « Rendons grâce à Dieu, l’effort d’un siècle investi dans la construction d’une « identité nationale » juive semble finalement avoir pris fin. Quand cela s’est-il produit ? A Oslo. » (cité dans l’Etat juif, p. 112)

Hazony reminds the reader, among other things, of the declarations published by shimon peres in the book "The new middle east". Peres predicts that the "idea of a very small national State - the jewish State included - has crumbled down" (quoted in The jewish State p. 103)(cité dans l’Etat juif, p. 103). He goes on : "there is no doubt than the next objective of Israel will have to become a member of the arab league" (idem, p. 107). Guideon Samet outdoes him in an Haaretz published article "let's praise God the century-long effort invested into the building of a jewish 'national identity' finally seems to have ended. When did it happen? At Oslo." (Quoted in the Jewish State, p. 112).

Again, I'm not saying that there is a jewish plot, I'm just constating that jews intellectuals have been the vanguard of multiculturalism, even in Israel. Now in France, you've got jewish philosopher Finkelkraut saying that jewish identity can only flourish in a France with a strong sense of identity, but this is an anomaly after at least 4 decades.
There's a white nationalist website I like very much, which tries to make sense of that, acknowledge and understand the jewish role in the propagagation of multiculturalism, yet avoid falling into antisemitism like the right often does (and this judeo-obsession is a trap IMHO, because it blinds to the larger picture).

The Inverted World

Did the Jews Do It?
The Decline of American Renaissance

An another very good ressource is View from the Right, which occasionally tackles the subject
Is my criticism of Jewish attitudes the same as Kevin MacDonald’s ?
How is anti-Semitism to be discussed ?
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 13:45 Comments || Top||

#8  Ugh, my translation really is not good, but you get the point.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 13:46 Comments || Top||

#9  5089 - if you are going to make that comment, you also need to note that self-loathing, non-jewish liberals are also to blame.

Ok, right, I misread your comment, I thought you spoke about self-loathing jews, hence my answer about peres. I totally agree with you, that's why I think being obsessed with the jews is a trap, if only because it presupposes that non-jews of all stripes are powerless and have no initiative of their own. It's focusing on a symptom of jewish identity, and ignoring the symptom of western identity more generally.

Regarding the 1/3 number, I wonder what it would be in the USA (and what is the break down of the result, country by country), I'm not sure it would be that different, or perhaps only lower because of an jewish-friendly evangelical tradition. Also, if the overbearing PCness is transnationalism & multiculturalism, and if the general public sees largely jewish figureheads for that, in the media, in the entertainment industry, among intellectuals,... then the logical explanation is to think the jews have a disproportionate influence.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 13:59 Comments || Top||

#10  5089 - thanks for the response. Your point is well taken. It is important that the discussion occur, without screams of "antisemitism", much in the same way we should be able to discuss real problems in our own immigrant communities without the charge of "racism" getting in the way.

I wasn't trying to imply you were an antisemite, it was just a reflexive comment on my part to point out that the problem has more to do with the enabler mentality (that if we can just fix ourselves) the bad man will go away. The mentality is as much an affliction of the liberal left as it is in Jewish circles.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 14:01 Comments || Top||

#11  I posted my second comment before I read your #9 post.

Also, if the overbearing PCness is transnationalism & multiculturalism, and if the general public sees largely jewish figureheads for that, in the media, in the entertainment industry, among intellectuals,... then the logical explanation is to think the jews have a disproportionate influence.

I once myself entertained that idea for a few minutes- before I quickly dismissed it when I realized that it travels along the same path that liberals (of all stripes) here in America use to discredit the conservative left.

Regardless, it is a topic that needs to be explored and aired in the sunlight, without worrying about hurt feelings, because its negative, self-destructive capablities are historically proven to be extremely seductive and lethal.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 14:16 Comments || Top||

#12  oops - change to: here in America use to discredit the conservative left right.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 14:17 Comments || Top||

#13  Anon5089 - about 80% of the funding for the US democratic party come from the jewish community

I find that statistic to be incredible. I can believe that 80% of the Jewish community donates to the Donks, but 80% of the Donks funds from Jews, no way. Got a source for that?
Posted by: Harcourt Chomoter1735 || 07/17/2007 14:18 Comments || Top||

#14  The American Jew who is left thinking and left giving is also most likely non-observant. The observant ones are likely to fit the Joe Lieberman profile - strong supporter of Israel and the WoT but very socially and culturally leftish. Remember the so-called Neo-Con cabal of the W administration were led by American Jews to some extent - Wolfowitz, Feith, et.al. I would be hesitant to paint to broad a picture of American Jews and the Democrats. The Dem performance on Israel, WoT, Iraq etc. have not endeared themselves to the observant population of Jews.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/17/2007 14:21 Comments || Top||

#15  Got a source for that?

Nope, this was from a private email exchange with an US correspondent (a Reagan fan), so I admit it might either be wrong from the start, or that I remembered it wrong.

Let me search a bit... Ok, this is not "exactly" (huh....) that, so I guess I shoudl take the funding figure back.

"When you hear this glorification of the immigrant and this mantra about the country being made up of immigrants, it makes me pessimistic about the future and I am an optimist by nature. How do you convince people who believe this dribble that they are giving up their heritage and the future of their children. They seem to be living in a state of complete denial and will not, for fear of being accused of the ultimate crime of racism, open their eyes. Among the worst useful idiots in this country, and I have to say it, are American Jews, who are still as a voting bloc far far out in Left field and give millions of dollars to the most radical candidates. The Israel lobby in Washington that promotes American support for Israel in Congress no longer is based on the support of American Jews, but of American evangelical Christians. American Jews, obviously not all of them, but in the 80 percent range, support politicians who would pave the way for a second Holocaust. American Jews have been so safe for so long that they really have a hard time relating to Isreali Jews who are under siege by fanatical neighbors less than 50 miles away who want to kill them and their children and drive them into the Mediterranean."
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 14:42 Comments || Top||

#16  Apologies for the wrong figure. (Damn, I'm only sorry I was caught! I mean... hum... huh, I'm sorry I put wrong figures, yes, that's the ticket)
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 14:44 Comments || Top||

#17  The American Jew who is left thinking and left giving is also most likely non-observant.

That is an interesting point. I was just previously musing on the point that the same people who are willing to blame the Christian right for controlling the Bush administration are the same exact people who are most likely to believe that W is the stooge of the neo-conservative (ie: jews control the world) movement.

Being an observant Christian or Jewish (or of any religion) is not about belonging to a club - but rather dealing with questions that we, in our mortal state, can not comprehend about the soul and the hereafter. (Well, ok for some people it is little different than belonging to a club). But for the thinking, it is the mortal's attempt to peek behind the curtain of eternity and examine one's soul and concepts such as life, death, good, evil, etc. that we can touch upon, but not grasp in our mortal state. It is easier to see this in 2007 that it would have been in 1957 - since we can see what the absence of religion brings us - broken families, crime, hedomism, and morally empty idols like Paris Hilton. But I digress...

So... anyway, your comment that they tend to be non-observant is interesting.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 14:52 Comments || Top||

#18  oooh - to avoid any offense, it is not my intention to cast blame on any non-observant rantburg readers out there. But rather I was just musing on the psyche of the self-loathing, who are so willing to travel down a path of self-destruction.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 15:06 Comments || Top||

#19  Got a source for that?

It's not as far fetched as it may appear. From a quick look at the 2004 Election 25 Top Donors List, fully half are easily identified as Jewish by name or fame (1,2,3,4,6,13,14,15,19,21,22,23) and donated $97 million or 2/3 of the $148 million. (I was surprised by how high it was.) If 1 or 2 of remaining 12 non obvious names are also Jewish, then the top donations would shoot into the 70's percentage. For being 2% of the population, Jews have an enormous effect of the American political system (e.g. 13 Senators, 30 Representatives).
Posted by: ed || 07/17/2007 15:25 Comments || Top||

#20  Jews are more loyal to Israel than to the countries where they live

Yet, as Darth noted, Europeans have no problem with Muslims whose overwhelming loyalty to Islam portends their complete destruction. Contrary to all conspiracy theories and the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, the Jews aren't seeking global domination. That much cannot be said for the Muslims. Europe's singular inability to make this one simple distinction will be the death of them.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/17/2007 15:31 Comments || Top||

#21  "#2 There are many Americans who say the same thing (usually on the left). Never mind the fact that most American Jews vote left."

I have a Jewish wife, a number of Jewish friends and have lived in two areas with majority Jewish populations. When I question their hypocracy on issues such as their support for the Donks, the anti-semetic ACLU and other far left NGO's, they become indignant and angry.

I found the answer to this behavior at http://www.drsanity.blogspot.com/

Dr. Sanity explains that compulsive left wing beliefs are common in narcissistic elitists with a sense of victimhood. This explains the Democrats support coming from Hollywood, academia, unions, minorities, civil rights groups, NOW, etc. This diagnosis also fits two of my family members who have history degrees and can't make a decent living.
Posted by: usmc6743 || 07/17/2007 16:26 Comments || Top||

#22  usmc6743: I also am married to a Jewish women although she is not particularly observant other than on holidays and mostly to please her parents. Her sister also married a non-Jewish person (Catholic). They don't observe either Catholicism or Judaismj.

My wife and I tend to favor the right as does her sister and her husband. The rest of my wife's family tends to vote left and Democrat. When they are questioned about why they support the left, I usually get some explanation that defies rationality such as "We always vote that way or it is just the thing to do." From my limited experience (small sample) at least within the Jewish part of the family, they do support the left although God only knows why. The gentile (or as my nephew when he was 5 mispoke referred to the genital part of the family) part of my family goes toward the right. I have always been puzzled as to why the Jews tend to go left when it is usually the right in the U.S. that has supportive and been protective of Israel. I don't think Jews in the U.S. are more loyal to Israel than the U.S. I think they do like the idea of a democratic Israeli state. There are orthodox, conservative, and reform Jews in the U.S. and it seems they tend to support the left--not universally but I sense in large numbers. It would be interesting to see the breakdown of Jewish voting in the last U.S. election.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2007 17:12 Comments || Top||

#23  Is this Left Bias a fading shadow of European Jewry and its political customs?

I first read J. Bowyer Bell's book "Terror Out Of Zion" many years ago and it covered the bitter feelings between the so-called Left and Right. By "so-called" he explained the Right Wing grew out of proto-Fascist movements and spawned, eventually, the Likud. The Left Wing were a hodgepodge alliance of coffee shop intellectuals, labor unionists, and farming communists.

So do we have a fading echo of the bitter family quarrels of Socialism in the 20th Century?
Posted by: Shoth Jones2120 || 07/17/2007 18:51 Comments || Top||

#24  Historically -- and by this I mean a generation and more previous to now -- the American Right was casually antisemitic, along with anti-anything non-WASP. Christian Zionism is a fairly new development, and some (quite a few) Jews haven't wrapped their minds round it yet. I didn't understand it properly myself until a couple of Rantburgers took the time to explain to me. Equally historically, the Left loved Israel as a successful Commmunist/Socialist experiment; it was only with the 1967 War and the appearence of the Soviet-supported PLO that the narrative changed, again something too many American Jews are having trouble grasping. However, there is a two-fold trendline that matters: the Orthodox Jews are having considerably more babies, and both Orthodox and younger Jews are much more likely to be conservative and vote Republican. This has been a matter of grave concern to the traditional Jewish political leadership since 2004, and is only getting worse.

Separately, a significant amount of the funds going to the Democrats are coming from a very few donors, like George Soros, not from the 80% of Jews who vote D. I'm afraid, ed, you can't go by "Jewish-sounding" names. Lots of those are actually German or Slavic, or of Jewish ancestors who converted to Christianity long ago.

Shoth Jones2120, I suspect only Liberalhawk can answer that question, as he seems to be the only one who actually understands the various strands of Jewish Socialism and how they evolved. (I'm still not clear on the difference between a Stalinist and a Trotskyite, and I'm pretty sure an explanation wouldn't help me.)
Posted by: trailing wife || 07/17/2007 20:03 Comments || Top||

#25  The explanation isn't too convoluted, TW. The explicit main point of contention was that the Trotskites proclaimed a belief in the importance of working for world revolution while Stalinists (during the years of purging the Trots)proclaimed that protecting the success of the Russian Revolution was paramount and that it was possible to have "socialism in one country." Even during that period, this stated divergence was mostly pretext because the heart of the difference was struggle for power with Stalin eliminating all his potential rivals and eliminating or intimidating their followers by moving alternately against "left" and "right" Communists. Supposed ideological differences were decidedly secondary to power politics.
Posted by: Odysseus || 07/17/2007 22:08 Comments || Top||

#26  TW, in this case I can. After the post googled the names and they were all affliated with Jewish organizations. Some I did not list as Jewish are in fact also Jewish, like Fred Eychaner (#17). I like to accurate information in order to make correct decisions. In this case, there is no disputing that very rich Jews are the primary funding source of the most liberal Democratic candidates and PACs.
Posted by: ed || 07/17/2007 23:41 Comments || Top||

Gül: Ties with US would collapse if arms to PKK claims confirmed
Turkish-US relations would break apart if rumors of US supply of arms to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in Iraq are proven correct, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gül said.

Former PKK members fleeing camps in northern Iraq have recently said in their testimonies to security officials and prosecutors that members of the terrorist group in Iraq were being supplied with US weapons. Gül earlier said that Turkey has formally requested an explanation from Washington over the claims and officials said Ankara's concerns were not based solely on confessions of the former PKK members.

Asked whether Ankara has evidence to support claims of the former PKK members, Gül said in an interview with private Kanal A television on Sunday night that there has been no confirmation of the charges. "We have not confirmed anything. But there is such an allegation and there are convincing confessions," Gül said, emphasizing that the charges were being investigated. "We have requested information [from the US]."

He said if the US really supplies arms to the PKK, this would eventually be revealed. "If such a thing happens, our relations would break apart," he said. But he added that the allegations could well be part of a plot to undermine Turkish-US ties and said it did not seem logical for the US to supply weapons to the PKK in Iraq openly. "But since there is such an allegation, we have to investigate it," he said.

The foreign minister said Ankara was aware that weapons supplied to the Iraqi army sometimes turned up in PKK hands amid the chaos in Iraq. "Of course the US military and several European countries give weapons to Iraq as there is a new army being built there. Some of these weapons could end up in PKK hands and indeed we found out that some of the PKK weapons seized were those that had been given to the Iraqi army in good faith."

The US classifies the PKK as a terrorist organization and has pledged to take steps to counter the threat it poses to Turkey. But few tangible outcomes have emerged from its fight against the group. Impatient with US slowness, Ankara has warned it could carry out a cross-border operation to strike the PKK bases in northern Iraq.

Gül declined to comment when he was asked whether there could be a cross-border operation in the next month, but added everything could change depending on the circumstances.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 08:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Okay, what about the 4th ID Turkey!
Posted by: 3dc || 07/17/2007 8:42 Comments || Top||

#2  They aren't from the US. They were sold to the southern Kurds that gave them to their cousins that gave them to a guy they know who gave them to the PKK.

Posted by: DarthVader || 07/17/2007 9:58 Comments || Top||

#3  What US/Turkey relations? You mean like the one where they screwed us during the Iraq invasion?

I always find it interesting (and troubilng) when real news, such as the supposed 140,000 troops on the Turkey Iraq border, gets buried on page A21.

I find it especially troubling since I believe that Erdogan is stupid enough to do something that stupid.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 13:10 Comments || Top||

#4  big difference between "Being supplied with US weapons" and "Being supplied by the US with weapons"

the Turks need to get a grip.
Posted by: Abu do you love || 07/17/2007 14:34 Comments || Top||

German Interior Minister in Crisis Over 'Targeted Killings' Remark
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 08:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is a matter of time before we lose a city or two. Then targeted killings of Truthers are likely to begin.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/17/2007 11:05 Comments || Top||

#2  The best way to defeat terrorism is to kill terrorists.

Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 07/17/2007 13:03 Comments || Top||

#3  I think the Germans because of their history and temperament are loathe to have their Government start killing people without due and public process. Of course, there are useful idiots on the left everywhere, especially in the remains of the DDR.
Posted by: RWV || 07/17/2007 13:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Wolfgang Schäuble is one of Germany's only hopes for a realistic campaign against Islamic terrorists. He should be commended for having the courage to open discussion on these difficult topics. Every last Western country that has any sizable Muslim population will eventually be forced to consider internment, deportation, targeted killings and many other unconventional forms of warfare. Islamic terrorism epitomizes unconventional warfare and thinking that any form of conventional warfare—save massive thermonuclear retaliation—will have the required effect is foolish in the extreme.

If Germany survives the Eurabian invasion, there will come a time when people will kiss Wolfgang Schäuble's feet for having had the foresight to understand the few useful tools left in fighting Islamic terrorism. Muslims themselves may well have good cause to do the same as their continued existence will rely upon the West using these measures as the only effective alternative to nuclear annihilation of the entire MME (Muslim Middle East).
Posted by: Zenster || 07/17/2007 17:06 Comments || Top||

#5  I think the Germans because of their history and temperament are loathe to have their Government start killing people without due and public process.

No, I think the German people because of some darn thing swing violently from being the wackiest order loving rule following peaceniks to the most uncontrolled, barbaric and vicious killers. Who knows what sets them off. I salute the muslims for doing the research necessary to find out.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/17/2007 17:39 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Politix
Bush Surprises Senate Aides With Unexpected Interruption of White House Meeting
President Bush shocked Capitol Hill staffers and Republican leaders Monday when he crashed a meeting at the White House to deliver a blunt message that he wasn't backing down on Iraq and Republicans need to understand that.

"It was stunning," said one GOP aide who attended the meeting. "We couldn't believe he came in."

"We kept looking at each other, amazed he came in," said another Republican aide.

Bush was described as folksy, adamant and mildly profane as he interrupted the meeting between senior White House communications staffers Tony Snow and Ed Gillespie and GOP leaders. His message: the policy on Iraq isn't changing. He is not backing down and no one on Capitol Hill should be confused into thinking he is letting up.

The interruption precedes what is expected to be an all-nighter in the Senate on Tuesday, ordered by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid as a way to protest GOP blocking tactics on moves to compel U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq.

Speaking on the Senate floor, Reid said Iraq is the most important issue facing the United States and attempts to block legislation calling for troops to be withdrawn from Iraq will be met with a hardball response.

"We're going to work on this amendment until we get an up or down vote on it," he said.

Senate Republican leaders, alerted to Reid's plans on Monday, said they have the votes to keep the president's surge policy in place, at least for now, and called Reid's up-all-night gambit a stunt that wouldn't change any minds.

Senior Democratic leadership aides acknowledged that Reid's all-nighter — complete with roll-away beds — is meant to draw public attention to GOP demands that any changes to Iraq policy carry a 60-vote majority.

"Is this a publicity stunt? Yes," a senior Democratic aide told FOX News. "This is the only way we know to highlight their complete ignorance of the will of the people!"

Republicans said they've applied that standard for months on Iraq policy changes and aren't about to change now, especially when recent GOP defections have given Democrats bipartisan majorities on troop drawdowns and other policy changes.

Reid will seek a test vote Wednesday on an amendment by Sens. Carl Levin of Michigan and Jack Reed of Rhode Island to begin troop withdrawals late this year and have most combat forces out of Iraq by spring 2008.

Republicans predict that amendment will fall well short of the 60 votes required and probably attract no more than 55 votes, possibly fewer. Other non-binding policy changes are expected as well, but nothing is expected to garner the required 60 votes.

"The much-discussed Republican revolt has yet to materialize," a senior GOP aide said.
Posted by: Sherry || 07/17/2007 13:57 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6487 views] Top|| File under: Iraqi Insurgency

#1  and... Reid needs to read up on his parliamentarian rules It's called a quorum

This is a really, really stupid stunt, and I'll tell you why: It can all be over in 15 minutes, unless the anti-war Republicans decide to cooperate — and why should they?

Right now, there are only 50 working Democratic Senators (Tim Johnson D, S.D. hasn't cast a vote yet this year), and there are only 49 if you don't include Joe Lieberman (who I hear isn't really up for this sleepover, whether you want to count him as a Dem or not).

You need 51 senators for a quorum, in the event that someone makes a quorum call — which any senator can make at any time. So all it takes is one Republican to stay in the chamber, object to anything the Democrats try to do, and then note the absence of a quorum. When the quorum is called, and only 50 senators are present, the Senate adjourns (or at least it can't come out of the quorum call without unanimous consent), and the whole stupid stunt is over before Senator Byrd can even begin his outraged four-hour speech.

Any parliamentarians out there can correct me, but I've checked with two Senate sources and I'm pretty sure I'm right about this. I can't even imagine what Reid is thinking.
Posted by: Sherry || 07/17/2007 14:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Reid's Defeat-A-Thon is yet another example of why the Donks should never be in charge of anything.
Posted by: Phinater Thraviger || 07/17/2007 14:17 Comments || Top||

#3  Dang it! And, reading the headline, I'd hoped that his quote was:

"Bombing begins in 5 minutes!"
Posted by: BA || 07/17/2007 14:25 Comments || Top||

#4  When it comes to cajones we know Bush has brass ones and the Democrats [even Jim Webb, who I still can't figure out] have little pea sized ones just like their spirit and patriotism. If anyone can stare down these useful idiots it will be W. All I know is that if there was someone other than W as Potus at this time and place, Petraeus would be home by now.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/17/2007 14:28 Comments || Top||

#5  So why can't W go on an"..adamant and mildly profane..." tirade in the full House or Senate, or beter yet, prime time to rally the folks, instead of just appearing to sit back and jack his doinker....?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 07/17/2007 15:20 Comments || Top||

#6  I don't think Webb is too hard to figure out. In fact he's easy to understand when you look the world through his perspective: It's all about James Webb.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 16:08 Comments || Top||

#7  Sherry is correct. No quorum, no vote. (Wonder if Sens Byrd or Kennedy will be wheeled in, for different reasons, to mumble 'here' at 0400 and propose a self-congratulatory toast.)
Posted by: Phinater Thraviger || 07/17/2007 18:08 Comments || Top||

#8  What? The President has been given counsel for some changes in war strategy. He would be open to constructive criticism. The status quo won't wash.
Posted by: McZoid || 07/17/2007 21:06 Comments || Top||

#9  I hope they talk all night. There is a chance that a Red State "moderate" will spout something that annoys his/her constituents. I hope ther are plenty of pictures.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/17/2007 22:23 Comments || Top||

Vet Group Plans Pro-War Blitz
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 06:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course compared to the anti-everything crowd this will be a small turnout that will get zero PR from the MSM. But I joined and gave a donation. Someone has to show the colors and having real active Iraqi vets do it will make some mark. If the "surge" operations work and we can somehow restore a semblence of security then Bush should call a special session of Congress in September to hear Petraeus' report live and in person. He should also stack the galleys with every Iraqi Freedom active duty soldier, sailor, marine and airman he can find. Have it in prime time and have the General and CandC on the podium in front of Pelosi and facing Reid, Murtha, Levin and Schumer giving them the bad news. We are winning and you losers are losing.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/17/2007 15:14 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
New Hearing Sought in 'Fragging' Case
FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) - Lawyers for a soldier accused of killing two higher-ranking officers in Iraq argued Monday to start over with a new investigation hearing and new defense lawyers and prosecutors.

The defense said New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, 39, of Troy, N.Y., received poor representation at his Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a civilian grand jury. Defense lawyers asked the military judge, Col. Patrick Parrish, to throw out the previous findings and order a new Article 32 hearing. They also asked the judge to disqualify all attorneys who have handled the case so far, arguing that the lawyers should have had experience in capital cases.

The daylong hearing ended with no ruling by Parrish, who will decide later on the nine defense motions, which prosecutors opposed.

The defense lawyers also said an Army investigator hadn't cooperated fully with them, and they disputed whether the incident took place during a time of war.

Martinez is charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the June 8, 2005, deaths of Capt. Phillip Esposito, 30, of Suffern, N.Y., and 1st Lt. Louis Allen, 34, of Milford, Pa. He was accused of detonating grenades and a mine in their room at one of Saddam Hussein's former palaces near Tikrit, Iraq, the day before. Esposito and Allen were the sergeant's superiors in the 42nd Infantry Division of the New York National Guard. Martinez is the only soldier known to be charged with killing a superior - known as ``fragging'' - during the Iraq war.

Martinez could receive the death penalty if convicted. His trial had been scheduled for August, but pre-trial proceedings have now been scheduled into October, The Fayetteville Observer reported.

The delays have frustrated the widows of Esposito and Allen. ``I just hope my daughter will see justice,'' Siobhan Esposito said of her 3-year-old. ``She's been dealt an unimaginable loss. She doesn't have her father, and it doesn't seem like she'll ever even see justice.''
Posted by: || 07/17/2007 00:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6471 views] Top|| File under:

#1  For phuechs sake, hang the bastard NOW!
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/17/2007 1:16 Comments || Top||

#2  What about the Muslim who rolled two grenades into a tent? I thought a captain died in that incident. What was the sentence for that germ ? Did he get the death penalty ?
Posted by: Woozle Elmeter2970 || 07/17/2007 1:26 Comments || Top||

#3  Grenades and a mine? This guy meant business. I tend to agree with Besoeker.
Posted by: Gladys || 07/17/2007 4:50 Comments || Top||

#4  Defense lawyers asked the military judge, Col. Patrick Parrish, to throw out the previous findings and order a new Article 32 hearing

In a word, no.
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 12:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Another idiot who joined the guard for the extra money, education benefits, nice chick-magnet camos but never expecting to do anything but a few weekends. Never in his mind did he ever think he would actually, like, have to go to Iraq or something. Every NG unit has one or two like this guy. Best to step them down and out before they see anything like action. They are dangerous enough at home much less away from home.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/17/2007 15:18 Comments || Top||

US to pour $750m into Pakistan's tribal areas
WASHINGTON (AFP) - The administration of President George W. Bush plans to pour 750 million dollars worth of aid into Pakistan's tribal areas in a bid to wrest it away from Al-Qaeda and Taleban militants, The New York Times reported on its website late Sunday.

But citing unnamed officials involved in the planning, the newspaper said some people were warning of the dangers of distributing so much money in an area where oversight is impossible.

Who will be given the aid has quickly become one of the most contentious questions between local officials and American planners concerned that millions might fall into the wrong hands, the report said.

A draft of the US Agency for International Development plan given to The Times by an official who worked on it warns that the "severe governance deficiencies" in the tribal areas will make it virtually impossible for the aid to be sustainable or to overcome the "area's chronic underdevelopment and consequent volatility," the paper pointed out.

The plan was highlighted during a visit to Pakistan in June by Richard Boucher, the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, as a measure of Washington's support for Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, The Times said.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 08:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6461 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Gaza II.
Posted by: ed || 07/17/2007 9:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh, good.
How many airstrikes does $750M buy?
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/17/2007 9:05 Comments || Top||

#3  How many jihadis does $750,000,000 feed?
Posted by: ed || 07/17/2007 9:07 Comments || Top||

#4  Only if the $750M was logistical aid for Indian forces occupying the damn place or the cost of putting up protective fencing to keep the unwitting from walking on black glass.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/17/2007 9:28 Comments || Top||

#5  And they call me a moron!
Posted by: Ehud Olmert || 07/17/2007 9:54 Comments || Top||

#6  There is a waste of $750 mil. They should give it all to me.
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/17/2007 10:03 Comments || Top||

#7  This is definitely a massive mistake.
If Congress wants to do something right, then stop this money from going down the sinkhole.

If we need to give Perv money, then give him some, but don't just shovel it into hell. I happen to pay taxes, which means that's my money.
Posted by: wxjames || 07/17/2007 10:33 Comments || Top||

#8  This on top of $300M stolen in an Iraqi bank. Is the gov trying to finance AQ?
Posted by: 3dc || 07/17/2007 12:37 Comments || Top||

#9  Turns out that was 249 million Iraqi dinars, not US dollars. I don't have the link with me, will see if I can link to the correction tonight if no one beats me too it.

Equivalent of less than $200,000.
Posted by: lotp || 07/17/2007 12:45 Comments || Top||

#10  How many $25 and $50 million rewards can be paid for top AQ leaders? How many heads on a pike can be bought for this amount? It will not buy many hearts and minds of AQ or talibunnies. Better spent in other ways.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2007 13:16 Comments || Top||

#11  Islam is the problem. Islam has always been the problem. Money ain't going to fix that.
Posted by: Crusader || 07/17/2007 14:32 Comments || Top||

#12  The administration of President George W. Bush plans to pour 750 million dollars worth of aid into Pakistan's tribal areas in a bid to wrest it away from Al-Qaeda and Taleban militants

Here's a gift-wrapped clue for you, George: THEY DON'T WANT TO BE WRESTED "AWAY FROM AL-QAEDA AND TALEBAN MILITANTS". They admire, support, and man these terrorist organizations and no amount of money will change that.

It will not buy many hearts and minds of AQ or talibunnies.

This is the bottom line. There are no hearts or minds to buy. Nobody outside of the military seems to have even the slightest comprehension that neither love nor money will woo away Muslims from their declared cause of killing us all. Look at the BILLIONS in disaster aid sent to Iran, Malaysia and Pakistan. Did it change things one single iota?

This $750 million could finance a few dozen wet work teams that would turn around the entire Global War on Terrorism in a few short months. Shoveling it into the furnace of Islamic perfidy is worse than foolish, it is paying for the deaths of more Americans. Anyone who argues otherwise is a fool.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/17/2007 15:19 Comments || Top||

#13  I agree Zenster. "Wet work" is just another facet or tool of warfare. It can be very useful.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2007 16:10 Comments || Top||

A fight to the death on Pakistan's border
Long piece from the Asia Times about doings on the Afghan-Pak border, including construction of an American fire base about 3 klicks in. Naturally, Dire Revenge™ is threatened for the Lal Masjid attack. Lots of eye-rolling and spittle. Just the base paragraphs here, go read the rest.
As a result, a large US base is under construction on a mountaintop at Ghakhi Pass on the Pakistan-Afghanistan (Bajaur) border.

Militants believe this is in preparation for an operation inside Pakistan to clamp down on them as well as to renew the hunt for bin Laden and his associates. As a result, the militants have attacked the new base in an attempt to delay its construction.

"This is a matter of life and death for the mujahideen. We will shed our blood, but we will never let this base be completed," Dr Ismail told Asia Times Online while standing at the grave of his son, who was killed a few weeks ago by US forces while attacking the base.
Posted by: || 07/17/2007 00:06 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The father now fights + leads in place of his son, as God intended years ago.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/17/2007 1:13 Comments || Top||

#2  As long as lots and lots of Muslims die.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/17/2007 11:07 Comments || Top||

#3  This is a matter of life and death for the mujahideen. We will shed our blood

O.K., the mujahideen will shed their blood and they will die... If you bunch up it will be easier.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2007 20:25 Comments || Top||

Pakistan: Muslim Mob Confesses To Church Attack
Muslims have apologized for attacking a church last month in Pakistan’s Punjab region, but they offered no compensation for injuring Christians and damaging the building. In addition to wounding seven Christians and destroying books at the Salvation Army church in Chak 248, a village 20 miles north of Faisalabad, the perpetrators admitted that a Muslim resident had planned to burn a page of the Quran – punishable with life imprisonment under Pakistani law – and blame the Christian community.

“We are sorry and promise that this will not happen in the future,” Faizur Rehman, one of 41 Muslims originally accused with attacking the church on June 17, said in a June 28 notarized affidavit.

Continued on Page 49
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The religion of Peace strikes again!!!!!
Posted by: Paul || 07/17/2007 7:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Must have had an armed Predator circling overhead as Faizur issued the most insincere of apologies.
Posted by: ed || 07/17/2007 8:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Reprisals, please.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/17/2007 11:10 Comments || Top||

#4  Faizur Rehman said that one Muslim resident, identified only as Gogi, had planned to burn a page of the Quran to “teach a lesson to the Christians.”

So burn 'em all. Really teach 'em a lesson. Maybe wipe your ass with any leftover pages too. That'll show them Christians...
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/17/2007 12:10 Comments || Top||

#5  We need to distribute Korans that spontaneously combust after several weeks. Then arrange for the recipients to be caught with the smoldering remains.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/17/2007 23:41 Comments || Top||

More troops to deploy in NWFP and Tribal Areas
A high level meeting chaired by President Pervez Musharraf on Monday decided to deploy additional forces in NWFP and the tribal areas to combat a surge in militancy in the region, television news channels reported. According to Aaj TV, the government decided to expedite the recruitment of 15,000 troops in the security forces to maintain law and order in NWFP.

Some 100 people, mostly security personnel, were killed in three suicide bombings in NWFP and the tribal areas over the weekend, in attacks believed to be linked to the government operation to clear Lal Masjid and Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad of militants. Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao, Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri and NWFP Governor Jan Orakzai also attended the meeting at the presidential camp office in Rawalpindi where the decision was made, Geo News reported. It added that the government also decided to enhance the capacity of the forces in these areas to effectively combat terrorism and militancy.

ISI Security officials at the meeting said they had warned the government about the expected reaction in the tribal areas and NWFP after the Lal Masjid operation. The meeting was told that a strategy was drawn up and approved by the president to cope with the expected backlash, but it could not be implemented at once.

Agencies add: The NWFP governor has been directed to hold the necessary parlays with tribal elders on the new security measures approved by the government, sources told Online.

Gen Musharraf said that the North Wazirstan accord was not signed with the Taliban but with tribal elders, and directed the NWFP governor to hold talks with these elders to revive the deal. He said Pakistan wants peace and stability in Afghanistan. The prime minister pledged at the meeting that the NWFP government would be given all the resources it needs to maintain law and order and the government’s writ in the province.

NWFP Chief Minister Akram Khan Durrani did not attend the meeting, and the prime minister later called him up and discussed the security situation and the recent suicide attacks with him. He directed the chief minister to tighten security in the province.

The president and prime minister also held a one-on-one meeting where they discussed the North Waziristan peace, the “political role of opposition parties, role of religious parties, and increasing unrest among the people regarding law and order”, sources told Online.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6463 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

#1  "The NWFP governor has been directed to hold the necessary parlays with tribal elders on the new security measures approved by the government, sources told Online. "

"Parley, I demand the right to Parley"

Posted by: Liberalhawk || 07/17/2007 11:11 Comments || Top||

#2  "Damn to the depths whatever muttonhead thought up parley!"
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/17/2007 11:19 Comments || Top||

NWFP forms jirga to talk to militants
The NWFP government formed a jirga on Monday to hold talks with “miscreants” in Malakand Division, after a double suicide attack on an army convoy in Mingora killed 13 soldiers and six civilians, Chief Minister Akram Durrani told a news conference. “The jirga of elected representatives, district administration officials and leaders of political parties will hold negotiations with the miscreants to find a solution,” the chief minister told reporters after several hours of talks with the 130-member jirga.
I think we all pretty much saw that one coming. I think Bill Roggio called it the day after Ghazi got croaked.
He said a military operation would be the last resort, but warned the “miscreants”, a reference to pro-Taliban militants, that attacks on security forces would be considered an “attack on the jirga”. Durrani said jirgas for each of the six districts in Malakand Division would also be formed. “Most participants of the jirga complained about the army’s arrival in Malakand,” the chief minister said. “I told the jirga members that the decision to send troops was taken at the National Security Council meeting.” Durrani made it clear that no military operation would be carried out unless district police officer sanctioned it.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Tribal cops, govt employees too scared to work in Miranshah
Tribal police and other government employees stopped going to work on Monday after receiving death threats from local militants following the decision of local Taliban to pull out of a peace deal with the government in North Waziristan.

The Taliban withdrew from the controversial deal on Sunday, and warned government employees to quit their jobs and tribal elders to stay away from the administration. Tribal police told shopkeepers in Miranshah on Monday that they could no longer guard them and the shopkeepers should hire private guards, some shopkeepers told Daily Times. Tribal cop Sher Nawaz was quoted as telling the shopkeepers: “We cannot endanger our lives to guard you after the threat (from the Taliban).” Radio Pakistan also went off air in Miranshah after its employees joined other government servants in staying away from their offices. “We have stopped going to the station because of the security threat,” announcer Gul Raza Khan told Daily Times.

Tensions ran high in the bustling Miranshah bazaar, as security forces took up positions on hilltops around the town. “Eighty percent of businesses have been affected and non-local skilled workers from Bannu, Karak and Lakki Marwat districts are leaving because of the tense atmosphere,” shopkeeper Muhammad Noor told Daily Times. A pamphlet from the ‘Shura of North Waziristan Taliban’ said they walked out of the peace agreement because it “did not serve the masses’ interest”. It added that the Taliban would not attack security forces from places close to residential areas, which might otherwise come under attack from return-fire.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under: Taliban

Non Aligned Movement condemns Hamas, blames Israel
Members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Monday condemned the recent "criminal" actions carried out by Hamas in Gaza, stressing that the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) remains the "sole and legitimate" representative of the Palestinian people and an "essential" party to any negotiations aimed at resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

In a statement distributed here today, NAM, comprising over 120 countries and chaired by Cuba, called for urgent efforts to be undertaken in order to avoid the complete disintegration of the foundation of a future sovereign, viable, independent Palestinian State and to rehabilitate and develop Palestinian institutions. NAM called for the restoration of the situation in the Gaza Strip to that which existed prior to the recent events, and for measures to be taken to preserve the territorial unity and integrity of the Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem.

It called on the Palestinian leadership, the leaders of all factions and all Palestinians to unite in support of President Mahmoud Abbas and to resolve their differences by peaceful means, expressing support for a national dialogue to achieve national reconciliation.

Blaming the Jewish state for what happened in Gaza recently, NAM said the Israeli actions, including military attacks, "have seriously undermined the functioning of the Palestinian Authority and have undoubtedly contributed to the growing polarization in the Palestinian society." NAM also condemned Israel for the prolonged occupation of the Palestinian territory and for all the "war crimes" it perpetrated there for four decades.

It finally called on the parties to the Middle East conflict to "urgently" resume peace negotiations on all tracks on the basis of international law, relevant UN resolutions, the principle of land for peace and the Arab Peace Initiative in order to comprehensively resolve the Arab-Israeli conflict as a whole.
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  The Non-Aligned Movement. I forgot about them, but that's not hard to do.
I think the NAM exists to make the Arab League feel a lot better about itself, just knowing that an organization exists that's actually even more useless then they are...
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/17/2007 0:41 Comments || Top||

#2  NAM has all the credibility and moral authority of NAMBLA. Any group that has Cuba as its head and claims to be "non-aligned" is full of shiite.
Posted by: Shieldwolf || 07/17/2007 4:30 Comments || Top||

#3  Did the League of Nations have any comment? How about the Three Emperors' Alliance? I'm sure the Hanseatic League will be supportive of its fellow extinct organization.

There ought to be an organization - the Association of Spent, Superceded, Hallucinatory, Obsolescent, or Liquidated Entities, Supernational, perhaps?
Posted by: Mitch H. || 07/17/2007 8:41 Comments || Top||

UN SecGen ready to facilitate Syrian-Israeli peace talks
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday said he would be happy to facilitate peace talks between the Israelis and the Syrians now that both sides have showed interest in doing so. "It is encouraging to see that Israeli Prime minister (Ehud Omert) and Palestinian President (Mahmoud) Abbas met again and also it's encouraging that Israel has expressed willingness to talk with the Syrian President (Bashar Al-Assad) and all other regional players. As Secretary-Genral, and the UN, firmly support such initiative and would be happy to facilitate such peace initiatives," Ban told a press conference. In an interview with Al-Arabia TV this week, Olmert offered to speak to the Syrians anywhere, any time, without preconditions and even without the US mediation. The Syrians also showed signs that they are willing to talks to the Israelis about the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
It's all so very multilateral...until the Jooos say we'd like to remain alive, please.
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Well, personally I'd rather see Israel turn Syria into a parking lot, but ok...
Posted by: mojo || 07/17/2007 10:38 Comments || Top||

Pace: US Weighs Larger 'Surge' in Iraq
BAGHDAD (AP) - The U.S. military is weighing new directions in Iraq, including an even bigger troop buildup if President Bush thinks his "surge" strategy needs a further boost, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Monday. Marine Gen. Peter Pace revealed that he and the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are developing their own assessment of the situation in Iraq, to be presented to Bush in September. That will be separate from the highly anticipated report to Congress that month by Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander for Iraq.

The Joint Chiefs are considering a range of actions, including another troop buildup, Pace said without making any predictions. He called it prudent planning to enable the services to be ready for Bush's decision.

The military must "be prepared for whatever it's going to look like two months from now," Pace said in an interview with two reporters traveling with him to Iraq from Washington. "That way, if we need to plus up or come down" in numbers of troops in Iraq, the details will have been studied, he said.
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Posted by: || 07/17/2007 00:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6462 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Marine Gen. Peter Pace revealed that he and the chiefs of the Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force are developing their own assessment of the situation in Iraq, to be presented to Bush in September.

Nice end run around Reid and Pelosi's spin. No way they, and the press, can dismiss the credibility of the JCS. It's a quagmire Nancy. Retreat to the loving arms of the Tenderloin.
Posted by: ed || 07/17/2007 8:31 Comments || Top||

#2  No way they, and the press, can dismiss the credibility of the JCS

I'm sure they'll find a way.
“What you don’t understand is that I didn’t want us to win [the Vietnam] war”? -- George McGovern (and today's Left, just as well)
Posted by: eLarson || 07/17/2007 10:33 Comments || Top||

#3  My analysis is that the Generals are simply trying to counteract the cut-and-run propoganda with the exact opposite to keep the bad guys guessing.

I also believe our lefties will flip and undo any possible gain from such a rhetorical war.

The surge is working and the only thing that can make it fail is if the politicians continue to give the bad guys hope.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/17/2007 11:50 Comments || Top||

#4  As in all things political, set aside the rhetoric and look at the actions.

If the surge wasn't working, would the Congressional Dems be putting on an all-night show?
Posted by: eLarson || 07/17/2007 14:36 Comments || Top||

'IDF preparing for all-out war'
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 05:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:

#1  'IDF preparing for all-out war'

wow, wide open season on armchair tomorrow, I gottum a few plans myownself!

waiting for Pappy firstus tho! LOL!! not
Posted by: RD || 07/17/2007 7:04 Comments || Top||

#2  As long as I don't have to watch a retard screw a football like I did last summer, I say, "Go for it!"
Posted by: Mike N. || 07/17/2007 9:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Mike N: That is an awesome analogy.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/17/2007 11:05 Comments || Top||

#4  All out war should include Syria if they have any brains. Israel should be talking with dissidents in Syria. Generals, tribes, ethnic groups, to figure out who can take over after Assad is dead.

Then Israel should fake NorthWest but actually drive North into Damascus destroying military stuff as they go and handing the government over to the chosen General, tribe, ethnic group so they don't have to occupy at all. Then they head West and South hittin Hezbola from the North.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 07/17/2007 11:53 Comments || Top||

#5  "By preparing for an all-out war, we can also deal with Palestinian terror, and not the other way round, as it was believed so far"

The U.S. will come to realize that it should not be fighting a limited protracted war with proxies and go after the source of the problem--Iran.

When conflict breaks out with Syria, he said, Israel will face a challenge, because the Syrians "will be willing to take military and civilian hits but will strive to harm the Israeli home front in order to gain future achievements in a political process and to further split Israeli society.

Again, we have a similar problem within the U.S. The Islamic terrorists and their supporters have been successful in splitting the U.S. over time. Particularly, the left and the Democrats have fallen for this strategy over time as they did during the Vietnam War. Some of the Republicans are losing their will in the face of re-election. The enemy is counting on us losing our collective will. We have to be willing to pay the price for this conflict no matter what. Otherwise, freedom and democracy will be the price we pay.

Israel should go after Syria with our support and the U.S. should go after Iran in primarily an air war. We should also support the internal opposition in Iran against the existing theocratic dictators. If Saudi Arabia makes any noises of protest or they continue their duplicitous support of terrorists, we should come down hard on them.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2007 16:36 Comments || Top||

#6  The so-called SAMSON OPTION. The Radical Islamist agenda is GLOBAL, not only local or anti-America/Western. WOT > is very much an inter-Muslim-Islam War as to which Nations = Regions will dominate the desired future Global Islamic Order. WOT > THE "STATUS QUO" IS NO LONGER ACCEPTABLE OR TOLERABLE, BE FOR THE USA, ITS ALLIES, OR EVEN ITS ENEMIES, BE FOR GOD NATURE + UNIVERSE, BE IT DEISM OR SECULARISM OR CENTRISM, ETC. To defeat Iarael, Radical islam must first defeat the USA-NATO - its NOT enuff to defeat the IDF on the battlefield = reconquer Jerusalem or take Tel Aviv.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/17/2007 20:51 Comments || Top||

Hamas: Bush leading crusade against Palestinians
"President Bush is leading a new crusade against the Palestinians," Hamas spokesman in Gaza, Sami el-Zuhri, said on Monday night, adding that the group would "not give up the armed struggle™." In response to the US president's speech about the Middle East peace prospects, Zuhri told Al Jazeera that Bush's declarations about the establishment of a Palestinian state were "empty declarations aimed at dividing the Palestinians."
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Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6470 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  I wish...
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/17/2007 0:03 Comments || Top||

#2  What, they aren't satisfied with the $190M donation to their nascent terror state?
Posted by: Grumenk Philalzabod0723 || 07/17/2007 0:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Hamas won't get the money; they don't even show their faces in the West Bank. It is is a huge mistake to subsidize jihad-welfare.
Posted by: McZoid || 07/17/2007 6:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Exactly my thought, GP. Bush should just go ahead and say "No aid for you" and get the Dire Revenge™ ball rolling!
Posted by: BA || 07/17/2007 9:34 Comments || Top||

#5  "President Bush is leading a new crusade against the Palestinians,"

No he is not. But the Crusade is coming. The cross, the sword and fire.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/17/2007 11:09 Comments || Top||

#6  Hamas: Bush leading crusade against Palestinians

We should all be so fortunate. The Palestinians will NEVER arrive at ANY peaceful relationship with Israel. It would represent a fundamental loss of face, reversal of scriptural dogma and an outright defeat for Islam that will not be tolerated by the Palestinians themselves or any other neighboring Islamic nation.

The West needs to realize this, abandon all further pursuit of any "two state" solution and begin preparing itself for scattering the Palestinians to surrounding Arab countries or simply killing them all. There are no other options. Leaving the Palestinians within Israel's borders is like excising only part of a malignant tumor. Furthermore, Israel's Muslim neighbors have more than earned a well-deserved opportunity to enjoy firsthand the thuggish behavior and perpetual economic drain that Palestinians trail in their wake wherever they go.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/17/2007 17:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Bush might not, but we will. Where is the volunteer regiment station?
Posted by: DarthVader || 07/17/2007 18:03 Comments || Top||

Hawatmeh won't attend PLO meeting
The head of the Syria-based Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine will not travel to the West Bank to attend a meeting of the PLO's top policy-making body called for by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, the leader's office in Damascus said Monday. Nayef Hawatmeh has decided not to attend the meeting scheduled in the West Bank city of Ramallah this week, the DFLP said in a statement. The DFLP statement said it "rejects any Israeli conditions" to the visit. On Sunday, Israel said it would allow Hawatmeh to return from exile to attend the PLO session.

The DFLP carried out a 1974 raid on a school in the northern town of Ma'alot in which 24 Israelis were killed, most of them children.

Four DFLP members - Abu Lyla, Saleh Zaidan, Taysser Khaled and Fahd Suleiman - who live in the Palestinian territories, will attend the meeting instead of their leader, the DFLP statement said.

Abbas, who is locked in a bitter power struggle with Hamas, has called for the meeting, during which the PLO's Central Council is expected to be asked to approve Abbas' recent moves against Hamas following its takeover of the Gaza Strip last month. The Palestinian Liberation Organization considers itself the representative of all Palestinians, including those living in exile, but Hamas is not a member.
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ABU LYLADemocratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
FAHD SULEIMANDemocratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
NAIEF HAWATMEHDemocratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
SALEH ZAIDANDemocratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
TAISER KHALEDDemocratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine
Palestinian Liberation Organization
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Meshaal apologizes for Hamas murders during Gaza takeover, calls for dialog
Exiled Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal apologized on Monday for mistakes made during the takeover of the Gaza Strip, saying they were individual acts that do not represent Hamas policies. "What happened, I swear to God and God is a witness, was loathsome for us. But it is like a medicine pill that we were forced to swallow," he said in a speech at an Islamic conference held here. Parts of his speech were broadcast on the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite TV station.

Hamas seized control of Gaza in mid-June, following a five-day battle against security forces loyal to the Fatah movement. In response, Abbas fired the Hamas-led coalition government and installed a West Bank-based emergency Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Salaam Fayad, a respected economist. Hamas denounced Abbas's measures as illegal, and said it would not recognize the new government.

Following the takeover, Hamas declared a general amnesty for members of the vanquished Fatah movement but since then, at least nine Fatah loyalists have been killed, according to Mezan, an independent Gaza-based human rights group. At least 20 others have been arrested, some of them beaten, with the fate of those seized often left in the hands of Hamas field commanders. Mashaal, who lives in exile in Syria, said he acknowledges mistakes took place, without providing examples or going into details. "I do not deny that some mistakes were made," he said. "They are marginal mistakes made by individuals that do not represent our policies. We apologize to God before apologizing to the people for them," he added.

Mashaal said dialogue was the only way out of the current crisis. "The problem is the other side rejects dialogue," he said, referring to Fatah.
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Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Hamas

#1  Sure, Khaled. No hard feelings.
So you'll be moving back to Gaza City when, Brave Jihadi Pussy?
Posted by: tu3031 || 07/17/2007 0:10 Comments || Top||

#2  We'll leave the ARClight on...
Posted by: Seafarious || 07/17/2007 0:18 Comments || Top||

#3  No Negotiations with Palpatine!

Posted by: doc || 07/17/2007 8:37 Comments || Top||

#4  I still say he'd look real good up there on that "Dead Terrorists" poster...
Posted by: mojo || 07/17/2007 11:05 Comments || Top||

#5  If mistakes were made, then you're duty bound to commit seppuku.

Or whatever the equivalent is in Gaza, maybe drown yourself in one of those sewage pools?
Posted by: KBK || 07/17/2007 18:19 Comments || Top||

Olmert to Abbas: Don't talk to Hamas
Israel's gestures to the Palestinian Authority, as well as increasing cooperation with the new government, will end if PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas again agrees to a government condominium with Hamas, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Abbas on Monday.

According to Israeli officials, Olmert told Abbas - who pressed for the beginning of diplomatic negotiations - that Fatah-Hamas talks would be a cause for ending the emerging political process between Israel and the newly reconstructed PA.

Shortly after the meeting, Hamas seemed to be sending a message of its own to Abbas and Olmert, as three Kassam rockets fell on Sderot. One rocket scored a direct hit on a home in Sderot while the other two landed in other parts of the city. No casualties were reported, although several people were treated for shock.

Government sources said that Olmert, who told Abbas that 250 mostly Fatah prisoners would likely be released by Friday, called on the Palestinians to actively work against terrorism emanating from the West Bank. Olmert stressed the importance to Abbas from Israel's perspective of seeing law and order in the West Bank. Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, who took part in the meeting, welcomed the prisoner release at a press conference he held in Ramallah, but called on Israel to free more prisoners.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6460 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Before I talk to them myself.
Posted by: Ehud Olmert || 07/17/2007 9:58 Comments || Top||

Olde Tyme Religion
Iranian official warns Muslims against extremism
Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi here Monday regretted that Islam is faced with major threats posed as a result of extremism adopted by certain groups and malevolent propaganda by arrogant powers and enemies.

Addressing a group of Indonesian ulema, he called for unity and solidarity of Islamic groups under the leadership of ulema and clerics in order to thwart such Conspiracies.

He further regretted that enemies of Islam take advantage of extremism adopted by certain groups which attribute themselves to genuine Islam.

He called for expansion of scientific and cultural relations and exchange of views between Iranian and Indonesian Islamic centers.
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Posted by: anymouse || 07/17/2007 17:04 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Violence continues unabated in the Muslim south
Bangkok (AKI) – Thirty-one injured and one dead is the tally of Tuesday morning’s double bomb explosions in Yala, one of the three predominately Muslim provinces of Thailand, where bloody and secretive insurgent groups have killed over 2,400 people since January 2004. As it is often the case in this region, reports say that the second blast was triggered to inflict maximum damage against those who had converged on the scene of the first explosion.

On Tuesday the police said that nine security personnel, several onlookers and pressmen from TV7, TV3, Reuters and ASTV News 1, were among the injured. The double bomb attacks follow 40 coordinated violence-related incidents in Narathiwat on Monday, including the burning of schools, nails thrown onto roads and trees being cut to block the police.

The pace of the attacks is not unusual. Data for the first week of July alone shows that 32 people and three militants were killed, and 94 were wounded. In the same seven day period, 23 bombs detonated and three were defused. The attacks come as the authorities are still in the dark as to who exactly is behind the insurgency.
That bespeaks either incredible ineptitude or an unwillingness to say in public who the bad guyz are. My guess is it's the second. If it's the first, I'm available at relatively modest cost to solve that for them.
To date, there has not been a single credible claim of responsibility, nor have the insurgents publicly stated their goals or political platform.
They don't have to announce it. They "announced" it when the first head came off.
Zachary Abuza, widely considered among the top experts on the Thai insurgency, has stated in the past that “the rebel groups’ unwillingness to disclose any details has worked to their advantage and left the Thai intelligence in a quandry.”
Thai intelligence should have all the details on all the bad guy corpses collected over the course of the past few years. Each of those corpses had a mom and dad and brothers and sisters, unless they're automatons or efrits or something. When animated, the corpses went to madrassahs and to mosques. Buying a low-priced map and a few boxes of pins with colored heads would allow the dullest of M. le Inspecteurs to group their points of origin and trace what they had in common. A few packs of 3x5 cards and what used to be a 29 cent notebook -- I believe they're still only $1.59 or something like that -- would suffice to hold the notes needed to build the outlines of the organization, whether it has a name or not. Outside connections would be shown with cheap colored yarn on that map, and it would give them the approximate location of the local Mr Big. That's all elementary stuff, my dear Watson. There's no brain surgery required, nor do you have to plot a trajectory to Jupiter.
Nonetheless, from the murky scenario experts agree that there are several groups working together and sharing a common Islamist agenda.
No! Reeeeeeeally? I'll bet that's why they call them experts, huh?
It is widely believed that their aim is to make the region ungovernable and create the condition for the establishment of an independent Islamic state. Thai intelligence speaks of the insurgency as being a "pondok-based" movement, referring to the private Islamic schools that dot the region.
Solution: shut the pondoks down. Even better solution: tax them out of existence. Make their paymasters pay for the privilege of subverting a decent country.
According to reports, among the most active groups is the BRN-Coordinate, one of the three splinter groups of the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (National Revolution Front, BRN). BRN was founded in March 1963 by Ustadz Haji Abdul Karim Hassan to oppose the nationalist agenda of PULO, the group that led previous conducted revolts in the area. PULO claims it was mostly nationalistic rather than religious and was centred on the incorporation of the three provinces into Thailand at the turn of the last century, after a shady deal with England, the then colonial master of Malaysia. Until then, Yala, Narathiwat and Pattani were part of the independent Sultanate of Pattani.

The number of members in the BRN-C is not known, but Thai officials estimate that there are approximately 1,000 members. Its current leaders are believed to be mostly schoolteachers and ustadz – religious leaders - from roughly 18 schools, including the Thamawittiya Foundation School in Yala, the Samphan Wittaya School, Jihad Wittaya School and Pattana Islam. When Adnkronos International (AKI) visited Thamawittiya Foundation, the school owner, Razi Bensulong, denied any connection to the radical fringes.
"No, no!
Cerainly not!"
"This is a school, we have 7,000 students and 600 teachers. We just teach, we have nothing to do with what is going on here," he said.
When more than a random number of their school's students show up with toe tags the school needs fined and shut down.
Abuza said that “current known BRN-C leadership includes Afghan-trained Masae Useng, Sapaeng Basoe, Abdullah Munir, Dulloh Waeman (Ustadz Loh), Abroseh Parehruepoh, Abdulkanin Kalupang, Isma-ae Toyalong, Arduenan Mama, Bororting Binbuerheng and Yusuf Rayalong (Ustadz Ismae-ae).” Some of them have lately been arrested. The BRN-C is thought to be structured along strict cellular lines. It is estimated that 70 percent of the villages have a cell of between five and ten people. Many villages have two or more cells.

Other groups believed to be involved are the Gerakan Mujahideen Islami Pattani (GMIP) and the Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK). The RKK is alleged to gather the members of the BRN-Coordinate militants that have been trained in Indonesia. The Islamic agenda of the new breeds of rebels has brought the spectre of a civil war in the region with local Buddhist joining ‘en masse’ the government-established, trained and armed militias.
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ABDULKANIN KALUPANGBarisan Revolusi Nasional
ABDULLAH MUNIRBarisan Revolusi Nasional
ABROSEH PAREHRUEPOHBarisan Revolusi Nasional
ARDUENAN MAMABarisan Revolusi Nasional
BORORTING BINBUERHENGBarisan Revolusi Nasional
DULLOH WAEMANBarisan Revolusi Nasional
ISMA AE TOYALONGBarisan Revolusi Nasional
MASAE USENGBarisan Revolusi Nasional
RAZI BENSULONGBarisan Revolusi Nasional
SAPAENG BASOEBarisan Revolusi Nasional
USTADZ ISMAE AEBarisan Revolusi Nasional
USTADZ LOHBarisan Revolusi Nasional
YUSUF RAIALONGBarisan Revolusi Nasional
Barisan Revolusi Nasional
Gerakan Mujahideen Islami Pattani
Runda Kumpulan Kecil
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Terror Versus Terror
The [Thai] military has quietly abandoned attempts to solve the Islamic terrorism problem in the south with negotiation and other non-violent methods. No one would negotiate, and the terrorists (backed by some of the powerful criminal gangs in the region) were killing any Moslems who tried to cooperate.

The military is now using the traditional methods, which have worked in the past, but are now considered barbaric in many parts of the world. But not all. Particularly in many parts of Rantburg Police and troops have rounded up several hundred suspects and used torture and execution to get leads on who is behind the terror campaign. Oh, no, not the panties!

In the last three years, about 2,400 have died in the south, most of them civilians, and the majority of them infidels non-Moslems, whom the terrorists want to drive from the area. The other dead civilians were Moslems who tried to cooperate with police to get the terrorists arrested and prosecuted.

The new police tactics are illegal under Thai law, and the government is trying to get a new law passed that will legalize some of the "emergency" measures. This bothers a lot of Thais, because the military is now running the country as a dictatorship until new elections can be held, and there is some suspicion that the generals want to stay in charge for longer than they said they would. Opposition to military rule is growing on on NPR. But at the same time, violent police measures are tolerated in the south, because the terror attacks against civilians continues. Terrorists who are identified, one way or another, are being sent through the judicial system, if only to convince people that the real culprits have been brought to justice.

Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/17/2007 07:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It is this or the sword. I choose this.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/17/2007 11:04 Comments || Top||

#2  In the last three years, about 2,400 have died in the south, most of them civilians, and the majority of them infidels non-Moslems, whom the terrorists want to drive from the area. The other dead civilians were Moslems who tried to cooperate with police to get the terrorists arrested and prosecuted.

There you go. The price of terrorism gets to be too high and "emergency" measures get implemented by the Thai. The enemy has killed 2400 people with relative impunity. They have to be made to pay a price or they will continue doing what they do--killing and terrorism.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/17/2007 16:16 Comments || Top||

#3  The military is now using the traditional methods, which have worked in the past, but are now considered barbaric in many parts of the world.

After a few more millions have died, people will be astonished at how swiftly those "other parts of the world" will suddenly overcome any and all compunctions about "barbaric" measures being used to fight Islamic terrorism. Islam is a wholely barbarous culture. Fighting it with anything less than savage ferocity is useless. Millions will probably have to die before the West finally accepts this already obvious fact.
Posted by: Zenster || 07/17/2007 17:15 Comments || Top||

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka seeks foreign aid for captured province
The Sri Lankan government said Monday it would seek foreign aid to rebuild a key province recently wrested from the Tamil Tiger rebels after months of fighting.

Donors would be asked to fund an ambitious reconstruction bid in the newly seized Eastern province, an area of some 9,635 square kilometres, said Public Administration Minister Karu Jayasuriya. “We appeal to donors and I have reason to believe that help will be forthcoming,” Jayasuriya told reporters in the tropical island’s capital, Colombo.

Troops said last week they had control of the Eastern province after winning a battle for Thoppigala jungle and driving away rebels, who are fighting for an independent homeland for minority Tamils. “We are hoping to have an accelerated programme of development that will be completed in six months,” Jayasuriya said, without specifying how much money the government would seek or its source. Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict, which dates back 35 years, had led to the neglect of roads, communications and electricity supply in the province, he said.

The government also said it planned nationwide ceremonies for Thursday to mark the province’s capture, including a military parade of 700 personnel. President Mahinda Rajapakse, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, is to receive a 21-gun salute at Independence Square in the capital. Both Britain and Germany have frozen aid to Sri Lanka because of concerns about its deteriorating rights record following a surge in fighting between the Tamil Tigers and government troops.

But the island’s main financial backer, Japan, which accounts for two thirds of bilateral aid, has said that it will not link development assistance to human rights. Some 5,200 people have died in fighting over the last 19 months that shattered a 2002 ceasefire. More than 60,000 people have been killed overall, according to government figures. The rebels have admitted losing control of Thoppigala, formerly a key stronghold, but said they would revert to guerrilla tactics there.
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#1  I smell BS. I doubt they'll do anything. Neglecting the provinces was what led to the rebels in the first place.
Posted by: gromky || 07/17/2007 5:25 Comments || Top||

Syria: No talks with Israel before land return
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 08:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6495 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Reverse psychology might get me my cell phone back from my 2 year old. I don't expect that is a strategy that will result in the return of the Golan Heights.
Posted by: Super Hose || 07/17/2007 22:37 Comments || Top||

NIE final draft: Iran Is a Lair of Al Qaeda
One of two known Al Qaeda leadership councils meets regularly in eastern Iran, where the American intelligence community believes dozens of senior Al Qaeda leaders have reconstituted a good part of the terror conglomerate's senior leadership structure.
Comes as a surprise, huh?
That is a consensus judgment from a final working draft of a new National Intelligence Estimate, titled "The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland," on the organization that attacked the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. The estimate, which represents the opinion of America's intelligence agencies, is now finished, and unclassified conclusions will be shared today with the public.

The classified document includes four main sections, examining how Al Qaeda in recent years has increased its capacity to stage another attack on American soil; how the organization has replenished the ranks of its top leaders; nations where Al Qaeda operates, and the status of its training camps and physical infrastructure.
The judgment that Iran has hosted Al Qaeda's senior leadership council is likely to draw some criticism from those outside the government
The judgment that Iran has hosted Al Qaeda's senior leadership council is likely to draw some criticism from those outside the government who doubt Iran plays a significant role in bolstering Sunni jihadist terrorism.
And from lots inside the government, mostly those who know least about the subject.
Iran's Shiite Muslims are considered infidels by the Salafi sect of Sunnis that comprise Al Qaeda.
I think there's a distinct ideological line between al-Qaeda, which is fairly pragmatic, and the takfiri organizations like al-Tawhid.
While there is little disagreement that a branch of Al Qaeda's leadership operates in Iran, the intelligence community diverges on the extent to which the hosting of the senior leaders represents a policy of the regime in Tehran or the rogue actions of Iran's Quds Force, the terrorist support units that report directly to Iran's supreme leader.
I guess it all depends on who you think is in charge in Iran. My opinion is that it's the IRGC and the government, such as it is, is the face the actual regime presents to the world.
In the estimate's chapter on Al Qaeda's replenished senior leadership, three American intelligence sources said, there is a discussion of the eastern Iran-based Shura Majlis, a kind of consensus-building organization of top Al Qaeda figures that meets regularly to make policy and plan attacks. The New York Sun first reported in October that one of the Shura Majlis for Al Qaeda meets in the federally administered tribal areas of Pakistan, one of the areas the Pakistani army this week re-engaged after a yearlong cease-fire. Both Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, participate in those meetings. The other Shura Majlis is believed to meet in eastern Iran in the network established after Al Qaeda was driven from Afghanistan in 2001.
I'm not at all sure which of the two is the reserve command post. My tentative opinion is that it's Iran, if only because Qaeda controls Bajaur and I don't think they control any of Iran.
Following that battle, a military planner trained in the Egyptian special forces, Saif al-Adel, fled to Iran. Mr. Zawahri then arranged with the then commander of Iran's Quds Force, Ahmad Vahidi, for safe harbor for senior leaders.
Iran also sheltered Hekmatyar until the Taliban were tossed from Afghanistan.
The three main Al Qaeda leaders in Iran include Mr. Adel; the organization's minister of propaganda, Suleiman Abu Ghaith, and the man who some analysts believe is the heir apparent to Mr. bin Laden — one of his sons, Saad bin Laden. The locations of the senior leaders include a military base near Tehran called Lavizan; a northern suburb of Tehran, Chalous; an important holy city, Mashod, and a border town near Afghanistan, Zabul, the draft intelligence estimate says.

In 2003, Iran offered a swap of the senior leaders in exchange for members of an Iranian opposition group on America's list of foreign terrorist organizations, the People's Mujahadin. That deal was scuttled after signal intercepts proved, according to American intelligence officials, that Mr. Adel was in contact with an Al Qaeda cell in Saudi Arabia. In the aftermath of the failed deal, Al Qaeda's Iran branch has worked closely in helping to establish the group in Iraq. The late founder of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had multiple meetings with Mr. Adel after 2001. In the past year, the multinational Iraq command force has intercepted at least 10 couriers with instructions from the Iran-based Shura Majlis. In addition, two senior leaders of Al Qaeda captured in 2006 have shared details of the Shura Majlis in Iran. "We know that there were two Al Qaeda centers of gravity. After the Taliban fell, one went to Pakistan, the other fled to Iran," Roger Cressey, a former deputy to a counterterrorism tsar, Richard Clarke, said in an interview yesterday. "The question for several years has been: What type of operational capability did each of these centers have?"

A senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Iran expert, Vali Nasr, said he did not know that the Shura Majlis had reconstituted in eastern Iran, but he did say his Iranian contacts had confirmed recent NATO intelligence that Iran had begun shipping arms to Al Qaeda's old Afghan hosts, the Taliban in Afghanistan. Mr. Nasr, however, said Iran's recent entente with Al Qaeda could be simply a matter of statecraft. "Iran and Al Qaeda do not have to like one another," he said. "They can hate each other, they can kill each other, their ultimate goals may be against one another, but for the short term Iran can unleash Al Qaeda on the United States."

Mr. Cressey said the Iranian regime's relationship with Al Qaeda is one of tolerance as opposed to command and control. "I think the Iranians are giving these guys enough latitude to operate to give them another chit in the game of U.S.-Iranian relations," he said.
It is just impossible to believe that what the Quds Force does with Al Qaeda does not represent a decision of the government
An intelligence official sympathetic to the view that it is a matter of Iranian policy to cooperate with Al Qaeda disputed the CIA and State Department view that the Quds Force is operating as a rogue force. "It is just impossible to believe that what the Quds Force does with Al Qaeda does not represent a decision of the government," the official, who asked not to be identified, said. "It's a bit like saying the directorate of operations for the CIA is not really carrying out U.S. policy."

Some intelligence reporting suggests, the source said, that the current chief of the Quds Force, General Qassem Sulamani, has met with Saad bin Laden, Mr. Adel, and Mr. Abu Ghaith.

The link between Iran and Al Qaeda is not new, in some cases. The bipartisan September 11 commission report, for example, concluded: "There is strong evidence that Iran facilitated the transit of Al Qaeda members into and out of Afghanistan before 9/11, and that some of these were future 9/11 hijackers." According to the commission, a senior Al Qaeda coordinator, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, said eight of the September 11 hijackers went through Iran on their way to and from Afghanistan. In 2005, both Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns and the then ambassador at large for counterterrorism, Cofer Black, disclosed that America believes that senior Al Qaeda leaders reside in Iran.
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Richard Clarke
Roger Cressey
Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns
Vali Nasr
Al Qaeda in Iraq
Quds Force
Posted by: lotp || 07/17/2007 06:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6520 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Dan Darling said this same thing several years ago....he even named the bases they were located at..
Posted by: Chenter Unimp7361 || 07/17/2007 7:18 Comments || Top||

#2  Funny you should mention that name. Wonder if he had input to this?
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 07/17/2007 7:21 Comments || Top||

#3  Anyone else think this warrants a "Master of the Obvious" graphic? Or maybe a new one featuring Sherlock Holmes and a decided lack of excrement?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/17/2007 7:38 Comments || Top||

#4  The judgment that Iran has hosted Al Qaeda's senior leadership council is likely to draw some criticism from those outside the government who doubt Iran plays a significant role in bolstering Sunni jihadist terrorism. Iran's Shiite Muslims are considered infidels by the Salafi sect of Sunnis that comprise Al Qaeda.

Ignoring, of course, that we're considered even more abhorrent.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/17/2007 7:43 Comments || Top||

#5  An intelligence official sympathetic to the view that it is a matter of Iranian policy to cooperate with Al Qaeda disputed the CIA and State Department view that the Quds Force is operating as a rogue force. "It is just impossible to believe that what the Quds Force does with Al Qaeda does not represent a decision of the government," the official, who asked not to be identified, said. "It's a bit like saying the directorate of operations for the CIA is not really carrying out U.S. policy."

This guy needs to rethink his analogies. He's made me reconsider the idea of al-Quds being a rogue force...
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 07/17/2007 7:47 Comments || Top||

#6  Remember when Bush was derided for including Iran in the "axis of evil"? Looks now like they're the "axle of evil": all spokes lead to the mullahs. It's long past time we dealt with them.
Posted by: Spot || 07/17/2007 7:52 Comments || Top||

#7  Dan, Mansoor Ijaz and Michael Ledeen ...

Casus belli anyone?
Posted by: doc || 07/17/2007 8:33 Comments || Top||

#8  Sabotage ...
Posted by: doc || 07/17/2007 8:35 Comments || Top||

#9  In the aftermath of the failed deal, Al Qaeda's Iran branch has worked closely in helping to establish the group in Iraq. The late founder of Al Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, had multiple meetings with Mr. Adel after 2001. In the past year, the multinational Iraq command force has intercepted at least 10 couriers with instructions from the Iran-based Shura Majlis. In addition, two senior leaders of Al Qaeda captured in 2006 have shared details of the Shura Majlis in Iran.

OK, can we ALL now agree that Al Qaeda does have ties to Iraq (not to mention Iran), or is this one of those sneaky Chainey/Bushitler propaganda thingies? I get so confused sometimes.
Posted by: BA || 07/17/2007 10:06 Comments || Top||

#10  It's a slam dunk, BA.
Posted by: danking_70 || 07/17/2007 10:45 Comments || Top||

#11  It's interesting, that just yesterday, we had the report of the huge buildup of the Air Force in Iraq. I mean, the Big Guys have been brought in.

Could be, when Congress removes all the "combat" troops, but leave some to fight Al Qaeda, our bombers are just gonna fly around dropping bombs.

More likely, Iran is seeing this buildup, just like having those carrier groups parade right under their noses.
Posted by: Sherry || 07/17/2007 10:50 Comments || Top||

#12  One can only hope, Sherry.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 07/17/2007 12:03 Comments || Top||

#13  Robert Crawford: re:rethinking analogies
You took the words from my mouth!
Posted by: Angaiger Tojo1904 || 07/17/2007 12:53 Comments || Top||

#14  Iran is perfect environment for B-2, B-52, Grim Reaper and AC-10's. In fact, USAF and USN have become more and more "surgical" in precision high-altitude bombing in last 5 years. Of I forgot the C-130's in case we have a few BLU-82Bs we want to kick out the door.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/17/2007 15:32 Comments || Top||

#15  I never believed the theory that Ayatollah Shiites would never support Sunni Wahabis. The final stage of the Sunni Shiite rivalry, is set for the "end of days," and we aren't there yet. Shiites join Sunnis in the Organization of the Islamic Conference.
Posted by: McZoid || 07/17/2007 21:04 Comments || Top||

#16  Besides Amer Hiroshima(s), espec agz Dubya + USG-NPE, the catalyst for US-Iran conflict in the ME proper will likely be some kind of devastating, specific, casualty-intensive attack(s) inside Iraq on US milfors e.g. convoys, base camps/cities, etc.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/17/2007 21:14 Comments || Top||

#17  "Don't have to like each other ....but for the short term can unleash AL Qaeda against the United States". As per Communist-Maoist support of Radical Islamist groups and vice versa, as per Russia-China + SCO. D *** ng it, NO WEDDING CAKE, NO BACHELOR PARTY, NO BEER OR STRIPPIN' STRIPPERS, NOT EVEN A PRE- OR POST-HONEYMOON SEX VIDEO WE CAN STEAL AND SELL TO HOLLYWOOD!
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/17/2007 21:23 Comments || Top||

#18  Of course, whether Quds is rogue or not is utterly immaterial to the key issue here - a typically flawed framework in which to consider the judgements of the NIE. If they're rogue, they can be made to be an intolerable issue if pain is inflicted on the regime; if they're not rogue, they can be made an intolerable issue if pain is inflicted on the regime. If they're directly attacked, they can be weakened and deterred (jesus christos on a pogo stick, folks, is there any enemy more fragile than our Iranian one, which has NEVER been confronted or made to pay a price - regular military, the navy, excepted, exactly 20 years ago this month, of course - I mean, come on?).

This is the inescapable and irrefutable logic of the situation. Every rigorous thought leads to essentially the same conclusion.

As I've whined before, most common sense folk in the palace were livid more than a year ago when the first clear confirmation of Iranian EFP/PIR meddling was reported at a very low classification level. It was obvious that good strategy, honor, and common sense demanded action. Instead, we got more of the same: nano-offensives to secure elections, preposterously over-ambitious schedules for handover to Iraqi forces, and the Belgium imitation in Ramadi and elsewhere (pretending we were some piddling power and couldn't decisively vanquish a few hundred inept gangsters).

Posted by: Verlaine || 07/17/2007 23:58 Comments || Top||

Iran military solution back in US favor
With 18 months left in US President George W. Bush's second term, the White House is now leaning in favor of military action on the burgeoning Iran nuclear crisis, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported Monday.

The report said that no decisive action was expected before next year, but quoted a Washington source as saying, "Bush is not going to leave office with Iran still in limbo." The source added that the White House preferred that Israel - the target of continual threats by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad - not attack the nation's nuclear facilities, since the United States would likely be blamed for any such action.

Analyst Patrick Cronin of the International Institute for Strategic Studies told the Guardian that if Israel insisted on striking Iran, the US would have to take "decisive action."

"The red line is not in Iran. The red line is in Israel," Cronin said.

The US State Department, in the meantime, is maintaining its commitment to diplomacy in dealing with Iran's intransigence on its nuclear enrichment program. The policy of diplomatic tactics espoused by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates have been consistently opposed by Vice President Dick Cheney, who has long supported upping the military ante on Iran.
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  And any attack or war agz SYRIA by Israel will also be regarded by Iran as an attack by the USA on Iran, even iff Israel does NOT specifically target or attack Iran. Iran itself will likely prefer for Syria to play the "bad guy" since Iran wants to continue proclaiming it is acting in its own self-defense agz the USA in order to entice foreign mil intervention on its behalf, read Russia-China. THE REAL RED LINE IS IN LEBANON + GAZA VV HAMAS + HIZZIES + HEZZIES + HUZZIES, ETAL.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 07/17/2007 1:08 Comments || Top||

#2  Joe M: Iran is too chicken to fight like a real nation - they will use their proxies but their proxies except for Syria have no Air power or Naval power. Kharg Island is easily won by AF, Navy/Marines and easy to defend with same solution. Israel takes out Syria. Egypt and Jordan in no position to help Syria. Iraq is out of the fight. Turkey is part of NATO and secular army. That leaves Saudis - not their cup of chai. We have Iran hemmed in on three sides - Iraq and Afghanistan and Gulf. No where to hide. No ground forces needed except SpecOps for nuclear and 4CI installations. Leave the Mullahs and leadership in place. Make it quick, surgical and everlasting.
Posted by: Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld & Feith LLC || 07/17/2007 15:38 Comments || Top||

U.S. urges Syria to cooperate with Lebanon's Hariri probe
Posted by: Fred || 07/17/2007 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Syria

#1  This would be the braintrust at State, I assume. Next up: OJ Simpson participates in murder investigation.
Posted by: Excalibur || 07/17/2007 11:15 Comments || Top||

Terror Networks
'The Neo-Talibans' – Al-Jazeera TV Documentary on the Mentality and Methods of the Taliban
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 07/17/2007 05:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There is no compromise here. No more "aren't they cute in their tribal ways". No more "such a backward people". It's time to kill the neanderthals. It's necessary. It's now.
Posted by: Thinemp Whimble || 07/17/2007 12:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Don't know if any 'burgers have read "Lone Survivor" by Marcus Luttrell but I have and boy does he pull no punches when it comes to RoE, MSM coverage and the Taliban. As compared to the Pashtun tribal mentality that saved his life, the Taliban are really stone age fanatics that have been brainwashed by madrassa and radical mullah teachings (our oil payments at work). I especially liked the part where he was being tortured and interrogated by the local Taliban in the village he had takend refuge in. They found his rifle laser sight and camera. He showed the Talidummies how to use the laser but the wrong way around hoping it would burn out their retinas and turn them blind. Which begs the question as to their technological sense. Ignorance is what will win in the end. Theirs, not ours.
Posted by: Jack is Back! || 07/17/2007 15:47 Comments || Top||

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