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Sudan's Bashir heads to Saudi for pilgrimage
[Al Arabiya Latest] Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to perform Omra, a minor Muslim pilgrimage, which will take him to Islam's holy city of Mecca, state media reported, as a United States envoy headed to Sudan for talks aimed at allowing aid groups back in.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [471 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Sudan

#1  Avery long time ago, I read a short story about what the Iraellis did to end terorism, they dropped a company of IDF by air, they captured Meccah and wrapped the stone in raw pigskins, told the Islamics they'd blow the whole thing with a nuke and have Muslims bowing to all points of the compass if they didn't
1, surrender,
2 release all prisoners/hostages,
3 and draw bck 200 miles from israel permanatly,

then lifted theit soldiers out by C130 and left the place nuke mined and very heavily monitored by CCTV, instructions were that any person seen on TV, or the wires were cut and BLAMMO.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/02/2009 23:01 Comments || Top||

122 outfits involved in terrorism
[Bangla Daily Star] Law Minister Shafique Ahmed yesterday said as many as 122 organisations are involved in terror activities in the country.

Addressing a workshop on 'Anti-Terrorism Act 2009' he said Qawmi madrasas are turning into breeding grounds of religion-based terrorism. "They are not following the Quran, the Shariah and even laws of the land," he said adding that religious militancy goes against the spirit of religion and Islam.

"The education ministry is conducting a survey on madrasas and it is rational to bring all madrasas under government's control," he said. Shafique said Qawmi madrasas will get government facilities if they come under the government's control.

The law minister said the religion-based terrorism began in the country after 1975 when changes were brought to the constitution through martial law proclamation that opened the door of religious politics.

"It would not have been so easy for fundamentalists to take to terrorism if the 1972 Constitution had remained intact," he added. The minister said, "If the article 38 of the 72 constitution is restored religious political parties automatically would cease to exist."

Without clarifying the question whether the government would restore the constitution of 1972, he said, "Wait and see; the government is only two and a half months old."

Regarding the madrasa education he said modern education should be introduced in madrasas so that madrasa students could also compete in the job market, business and other fields.

He said merging the money-laundering act with that of the anti terrorism act would help the government fight Islamist militancy as money laundering is linked with terrorism.

Differing with some points of the law minister former adviser to the caretaker government Maj Gen (retd) Moinul Hossain Chowdhury said, "It is not the amendment to the constitution rather it is the economic problem that gave rise to militancy.

"Moinul said the reasons behind Islamist militancy lie with the gulf of difference between rich and poor, our education system, unemployment and overall law and order situation.

BEI President Farooq Sobhan, former IGP Nurul Huda, former adviser to the caretaker government Shafi Shami also spoke.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [344 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

#1  Hey! Where do you get off calling them terrorists? They are now, according to Janet Napolitano,

In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.

...and some of the 3000 people who died falling or jumping off the World Trade Center on 911 to escape the horrendous fires were "falling objects that were induced by man-caused disasters? WTF? What complete nonsense. We are in trouble.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/02/2009 17:03 Comments || Top||

#2  Hillary needs to get her new squeeze, Janet, under control. I mean this is the big "O" generation and it is "People caused" not Man caused. Geeeze!
Posted by: 49 Pan || 04/02/2009 17:45 Comments || Top||

BSF to check entry of fugitive BDR members into India
[Bangla Daily Star] Indian Border Security Force (BSF) yesterday assured Bangladesh that any disobedient member of Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) will not be allowed to enter its territory. "We will ensure that recalcitrant elements of BDR do not enter India at any cost and if any one is caught we will hand over them to Bangladesh," said BSF Director General (DG) ML Kumawat.

Speaking at a joint press conference with BDR DG Brig Gen Mainul Islam after a DG-level meeting between BSF and BDR in New Delhi, the Indian side also offered all possible help in restructuring the BDR if Bangladesh desires.

"The BSF has shown prudence and wisdom during the (BDR mutiny) crisis. The force has been dealing the whole matter with wisdom and we expect the same from them in future," said the BDR DG.

The two sides discussed a range of issues related to border management and agreed to strengthen joint efforts to prevent trans-border crimes, including illegal movements, trafficking of women and children, smuggling of drugs, arms and ammunition across the border.

The BSF DG said there is no case of crossing over into India from Bangladesh till now from February 25 with or without weapons.

The work related to maintenance of boundary pillars along the India-Bangladesh border also came up for discussions during the three-day meet at BSF headquarters in New Delhi from March 30 to April 1. BDR DG Brig Gen Mainul led a six-member delegation at the border conference.

On extradition of Ulfa leaders, Mainul said, "I'm not in a position to comment. But I can assure you as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has stated that the country will not harbour any one who harms our country or neighbouring country."

"We have shared our common concerns. We hope that we can resolve many issues in near future under democratically elected governments," said the BDR DG.

The chiefs of BDR and BSF earlier signed a Joint Record of Discussions.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:

Govt to root out militancy
[Bangla Daily Star] Home Minister Sahara Khatun yesterday directed the law enforcers to take stern action against militants and strengthen intelligence watch on militancy. She gave the directives while speaking at a function on the occasion of 'Police Week-2009' held at Rajarbagh Police Telecom Auditorium here.

The minister expressed concern over the existence of militants' den at Daulat Khan of Bhola district and elsewhere in the country, "The government will root out militancy from the country at any cost," she said.

Sahara asked the police chief to take initiatives to appoint female officer-in-charge (OC) at different police stations.

Acknowledging the hindrances and sufferings of police, she assured of resolving the sufferings at their workplaces soon by providing them with sufficient logistics.

Home Secretary Abdul Sobhan Sikdar, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Nur Mohammad and AIG Naba Bikram Kishore Tripura spoke on the occasion.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [316 views] Top|| File under: Global Jihad

SKor Held Incommunicado in Nork-land for 2nd Day
It is now day two since North Korea detained a South Korean working at the joint Kaesong Industrial Complex. The Hyundai Asan employee in his 40s has been under interrogation since Monday after being accused of criticizing the communist state's political system and trying to talk a North Korean female worker into defecting.

The Unification Ministry says it is still awaiting a response from Pyongyang regarding the detainee's rights to an attorney, which the two Koreas have agreed.

Under the agreement, North Korea can interrogate and choose to either warn, fine, or send back a South Korean who violates its rules at the industrial park.
The South Koreans have apparently invested over $11 billion in Kaesong and related upgrades to the North during Roh Moo Hyun's administration, including a recent $2.5 billion expansion there. The reward is to have their businesspeople held hostage. This will do wonders for investment in the future.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [335 views] Top|| File under:

EU to promote radio broadcasts into Nork-land
Occasionally the EU gets one right. Credit where credit is due.
SEOUL, March 24 (Yonhap) -- The European Union (EU) and an international group of journalists forged a deal on Tuesday to provide 400 million won (US$290,000) to help anti-Pyongyang radio broadcasting stations run mostly by defectors from North Korea.

The EU and the Reporters sans Frontiers (RSF) signed the deal with three stations -- Free North Korea Radio, Open Radio for Korea and Radio Free Chosun -- in Seoul to fund their programs for the next three years. The stations have been producing and sending shortwave anti-communism and human rights radio broadcasts across the border. In the past, North Korea has asked South Korea to suspend the stations, calling them an obstacle to unification.

"In South Korea, there is a need for much support," RSF spokesman Vincent Brossel said, citing that Seoul's 2009 budget earmarked for promoting North Korean human rights stood at 190 million won.
Posted by: Steve White || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under:

Kim Jong-il's Son Feels Japan's Reaction 'Justified'
North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's eldest son Kim Jong-nam has said he believe Japan's reaction to the North's impending rocket launch "justified" for self-protection, Fuji TV reported Tuesday. The cable news channel interviewed Kim's eldest son on Monday at Beijing International Airport and in Macau.
Apparently he's not 'number one son' ...
Kim had been asked whether the Japanese government was overreacting. The questioner did not directly mention the missile launch, but Fuji TV said Kim's reply was surprising since North Korea warned on Mar. 9 that shooting down the missile would be tantamount to a declaration of war.

When the reporter asked Kim why North Korea was bent on launching a missile at this moment, he said he did not know but felt the timing must be connected to the six-party nuclear disarmament talks and direct dialogue with the United States.

When the reporter said Kim senior looks pale and emaciated, Kim responded, "As you know, you lose weight as you grow older. Isn't it better to be thin than to be fat? Perhaps father was tired because of his overwhelming workload."
Posted by: Steve White || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [310 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Perhaps father was tired because of his overwhelming workload.

and his regular diet of "BRAINS"!
Posted by: DMFD || 04/02/2009 18:19 Comments || Top||

Japan to condemn N. Korea missile launch as Žact of provocationŽ
[Kyodo: Korea] Japan is set to condemn North Korea for an ŽŽact of provocationŽŽ if it launches a long-range ballistic missile and Prime Minister Taro Aso will instruct pertinent government bodies to continue their surveillance activities, Japanese government sources said Wednesday. In the event of a launch, related Cabinet members are expected to gather at the prime ministerŽs office to discuss ways to deal with the matter with the aim of having the U.N. Security Council adopt a new sanctions resolution against North Korea, the sources said.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:


Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/02/2009 1:20 Comments || Top||

N. Korea threatens to shoot down U.S. spy planes
[Kyodo: Korea] North Korea on Wednesday complained that U.S. spy planes carried out reconnaissance operations near the countryŽs rocket launch site and threatened to shoot them down should such activities continue. North KoreaŽs state-run radio said the operations took place three times last month in waters off Musudan-ri in northeastern North Korea, according to Radiopress, which monitors North Korean media in Tokyo.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [304 views] Top|| File under:

Japan to extend sanctions on N. Korea by 1 yr instead of 6 months
[Kyodo: Korea] The Japanese government plans to extend its sanctions against North Korea that are set to expire April 13 by a year instead of the current six months if Pyongyang launches a ballistic missile, government sources said Wednesday. The doubling of the extension period will be formalized at a Cabinet meeting Friday with the aim of sending a message of protest to North Korea about its plan to launch a rocket carrying what it claims to be a satellite, according to the sources.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [317 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/02/2009 19:39 Comments || Top||

Home Front: WoT
US spy agencies hamstrung by turf battles - Still?
US spy agencies are still hamstrung by the same turf battles and financial mismanagement that led to massive intelligence failures revealed by the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war, an internal report has found.

The report, made public on Wednesday, was the most detailed of its kind on challenges facing the 16 spy agencies.

It came four years after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) was created to remedy them.

"The culture of protecting 'turf' remains a problem, and there are few, if any, consequences for failure to collaborate," said the report, which was completed by the DNI's inspector general in November, before President Barack Obama was sworn in as the new US president.

It also criticized what it called poor financial management by the DNI, saying that most of the intelligence agencies are "struggling to achieve auditable financial statements."

The US intelligence budget has seen a dramatic increase in recent years, and topped 43.5 billion dollars in fiscal 2007, which ended in September.

The report outlined the many challenges facing Obama's director of national intelligence, Admiral Dennis Blair.

The agencies have complained that the Director of National Intelligence "sends duplicative taskings and conflicting messages to the IC (intelligence community), thereby undermining the ODNI's credibility and fueling assertions that the ODNI is just an 'additional layer of bureaucracy,'" the report said.

"The lack of clear communication to the IC of the ODNI staff's authorities has encouraged some agencies to go their own way, to the detriment of the unified and integrated intelligence enterprise."

The report also found that the intelligence office had failed to present a vision for how the spy agencies should function.

Lawmakers reacted with dismay at the findings.

"We have been repeatedly disappointed by the lack of clarity in the role of the DNI," said California Congresswoman Anna Eshoo, who chaired a hearing Wednesday by a House Intelligence subcommittee.

"There's still not a clear mission from ODNI, and this is one of the things that's concerned a lot of us," said Republican Congresswoman Sue Myrick.

DNI inspector general Edward Maguire told the congressional panel that the spy director's role as the top intelligence adviser to the president had hampered his management responsibilities.

"He doesn't have to do it personally every day and ... he could do this in more of an oversight type of capacity," Maguire said.

"In a way the creation of the ODNI was a little bit like, sort of like a corporate merger," Maguire explained. "When you do that, many, many mergers fail."
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 04/02/2009 17:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [697 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They are failing!! I tell you under Bush they failed! I, the big O, will fix it.

We have not had an attack since 911.
Posted by: 49 Pan || 04/02/2009 17:36 Comments || Top||

#2  the chinese don't have any strings attached too hacking our comps why should we?
Posted by: Mt Dew addiction || 04/02/2009 17:50 Comments || Top||


Just waiting on RUSSIA, + ISLAMISTS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/02/2009 21:27 Comments || Top||

#4  (Picture)
Everybody was kung fu fighting,
And it was fast as lightning,
In fact a little bit frightening,
But they did it with expert timing.
On Ho Ho Ho
Posted by: Galactic Coordinator redneck Jim || 04/02/2009 22:48 Comments || Top||

#5  300 different agencies trying to manage the same piece of pie.


Roll the same types into one agency and the problem will be reduced. For out-of-nation, all get rolled into the NSA. ATF, HS get rolled into the FBI. They share info. If the terrorist comes into the US, the NSA can share all data with the FBI and vice versa.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/02/2009 23:06 Comments || Top||

#6  They should use the private enterprise model. Create two groups, a blue and a gold group for each function. The one that is most successful gets the funding. Force them to compete. If you do not succeed, you do not get funding and you fade away or have your resources diverted to the more successful group.
Posted by: crosspatch || 04/02/2009 23:28 Comments || Top||

#7  I believe this will be a routine 'pop-up' issue as long as DoD is successful in resisting politicized outside agencies from taking over their primacy in tactical intel [directly accessible and required by local combat commanders]. There was a go around on this a couple years back and the 'Intel Czar' lost to DoD. Centralization comes at a cost of tactical efficiency. It won't happen till actual war fighting is a distant memory [which is about 3 months in MSM time].
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/02/2009 23:52 Comments || Top||

Shahbaz gets preliminary report of SL team attack
[Geo News] A preliminary investigation report on Sri Lankan cricket team attack has been presented to Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif. Pakistan Muslim League-N leader Sardar Zulfiqar Khosa said a special sub-committee has been constituted to probe into attacks on Manawan Police Academy and Sri Lankan cricket team. He said the committee will present a final report within seven days.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [314 views] Top|| File under: al-Qaeda in Pakistan

Pakistan: PM rejects US accusations of aiding militants
[ADN Kronos] Pakistan's prime minister Yousaf Raza Gillani rejected claims by US generals about Pakistan's army and Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) supporting Taliban and Al-Qaeda militants.

"There is no confusion at all. Our army and ISI are truly professional, sincere and pro-democracy. The two institutions are working in the ambit of constitution and under the command of the Prime Minister's Office," Gillani said, adding that the Pakistani army and the ISI were professional institutions which supported democracy and were answerable to the prime minister.

Gillani made the remarks after inaugurating the annual general conference of the Pakistan Society of Development Economists on Tuesday.

He also said that the Americans should keep in mind the friendly relations between Pakistan and the US before making such statements.

"It is the same ISI that had been working with the United States in the past."

The prime minister said the ISI had been playing a significant role in the war on terror in accordance with guidelines given by the government.

He said the CIA and ISI worked jointly in the 1980s against the Soviet Union. The Mujahideen were friends of CIA, but that would not mean that the US intelligence agency was still having relations with the Taliban.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  "It's Islamophobia! Nothing but Islamophobia!"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/02/2009 5:21 Comments || Top||

#2  WahNobel ?
Posted by: 3dc || 04/02/2009 11:09 Comments || Top||

Arab doctors to probe allegations Arafat poisoned
AMMAN, Jordan - Nearly five years after Palestinian President Yasser Arafat died by what French doctors called a massive brain hemorrhage,
If you know what they mean and I think you do...
Arab doctors will meet in Jordan to probe rumours Arafat was poisoned - a suspicion that has lingered years after his death.
A rumor that is now being exhumed and reanimated so it can lurch zombielike throughout the islamosphere...feeding on a zombie's usual sustenance - brains.
Arafat's death Nov. 11, 2004 at the Mal de Mer hospital outside of Paris almost immediately spawned speculation he'd been killed by Israel who viewed him as an obstacle to concluding a peace treaty.
And here I was thinking it was Suha when she tripped and crushed his oxygen cord...
The 75-year-old Arafat who led the Palestinian movement for almost 40 years fell violently ill in his Ramallah compound in Oct. 2004 and two weeks later was evacuated to a French hospital where he died.
Good times, good times. The vulture silently circled the 'Burg for days and days...
At the time, French doctors bound by strict privacy rules were tightlipped on Arafat's condition, and his widow refused an autopsy.
"Just get him in the ground already! I have an appointment at Hermès in TWENTY MINUTES!"
Causing Adding to the speculation, Palestinian leaders have never given a definitive cause of Arafat's death.
Doc Steve, I distinctly remember you saying it was heart failure.
Come to think of it, might have been a chicken bone ...
Ultimately it's always heart failure, isn't it?
French doctors who treated Arafat concluded in a report later obtained by the AP that he died of a "massive brain hemorrhage" after suffering intestinal inflammation, jaundice and a blood condition known as disseminated intravascular coagulation, or DIC. What brought on the DIC remains unclear. The condition has numerous causes, ranging from infections to colitis to liver disease.
And sometimes, just pure, dumb luck.
"Consultation with experts and laboratory tests could not help to find a cause that would explain ... the group of syndromes," his French doctors wrote at the time.
"Damned if we know. Or more correctly, we're damned if we tell what we know. So we don' know nuffin'!"
The report made no mention of poisoning or another popular conspiracy theory, AIDS.
They also left out the part about Dick Cheney and his secret jinn squad and special operations efreets...
Israel strongly denied accusations it played a role in Arafat's death. French doctors declined to comment on the speculation.
"Mais non. Now you mus' leave before we call sécurité."
There has been no prior formal probe into Arafat's death that followed a quick deterioration of the Palestinian leader's health.
All the better to keep a proper rumor in circulation - which is why I too question the timing of the non-probe.
Jordanian heart surgeon Abdullah al-Bashir said the meeting Thursday involving seven to eight doctors - many who treated Arafat when he fell ill in Oct. 2004 - will try to determine whether Arafat was poisoned.
Or whether whatever assurances have been granted by Hamas, Fatah, or Foreign Hand™ can be trusted.
The longtime Palestinian leader battled Israel for years before signing peace treaties with the Jewish state in the 1990s. But Israel blamed him for the failure of further peace talks, and he spent the last two years of his life under his bed siege in his West Bank compound,
Misty water color memories...
after Israel accused him of being behind a wave of suicide bombing during the second intefadeh.
Filthy infidel Zionist pigs, always so quick to call names and point fingers.
Dr. Ashraf al-Kurdi, a Jordanian neurologist who regularly examined Arafat, fuelled speculation on the cause of death after the late Palestinian leader died. At the time, al-Kurdi said lab tests revealed Arafat had a low count of blood platelets: components that help clotting. He insisted doctors had excluded other reasons for the low blood platelets such as infection or cancer and that poison could explain the deficiency. Although "not definitive, I believe the highest reason for Arafat's mysterious death is poisoning," al-Kurdi said in 2004.
The balance of the article is yet another typical AP islamist propaganda piece:
Adding to the speculation, Arafat's nephew, Nasser al-Qidwa, who received a copy of the French medical report on the late leader's death, said in 2004 that the lack of clear reason for his uncle's death raised suspicions Arafat died of "unnatural" causes.

Suspicion about Israel and Jews have deep roots in the Middle East where many people believe, for example, that no Jews died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center because they were warned to stay home.

Israel has been implicated before in trying to poison Palestinian officials. In 1997, Israel tried to poison Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal in Jordan. But the agents were caught, and King Hussein of Jordan forced Israel to provide the antidote in exchange for their release.

Al-Bashir said the decision to undertake the inquiry was taken last week at a meeting in Cairo to launch the Yasser Arafat Foundation.
Here's the part that's got me scratching my head. Why this, and why now? Is this a fundraising thing, or a lather-up-the-rubes-and-western-university-students thing? Or both? Are they trying to get some good ol' fashioned riots and car-b-ques in the Paris ghettos? Someone's trying to keep us from watching the hands.
If we had a CIA worth anything, the rumor would be that Yassar got AIDS from his friend Meshaal ...
Posted by: Seafarious || 04/02/2009 02:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [916 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Heck, anytime is a good time to dig up the Arafat death spiral! It was so much fun.
Posted by: gromky || 04/02/2009 4:03 Comments || Top||

#2  I think it was just the Devil saying: Time's up!
Posted by: Spot || 04/02/2009 8:18 Comments || Top||

#3  disseminated intravascular coagulation, or DIC. What brought on the DIC remains unclear.

Fasting, and the fervent prayers of millions?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2009 8:28 Comments || Top||

#4  Arafat, Arafat?...Oh, yeah, wasn't he the dipshit pedophile that ran a people with great potential into the ground?
Posted by: HammerHead || 04/02/2009 8:54 Comments || Top||


I'll let my money ride on the AIDS.
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/02/2009 9:08 Comments || Top||

#6  AIDs.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/02/2009 11:07 Comments || Top||

#7  a blood condition known as disseminated intravascular coagulation

Or in popular parlance, his blood froze. Expected Allah, got something else.
Posted by: KBK || 04/02/2009 11:25 Comments || Top||

#8  I d0on't really care why, I'm just glad he's gone.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/02/2009 11:43 Comments || Top||

#9  Bad meat in the can.
Posted by: Parabellum || 04/02/2009 11:45 Comments || Top||

#10  That's pretty much a closed affair, his DOCTOR admitted he had aids (the vid of the interview was broadcasted by an arab teevee, and the clip was on Evil youtube, in my bookmarks, though it has been removed since), an dthere was an article about that very same admission here in Rb (too lazy to look up in the archives).
Of course, he blamed the joooooos for infecting yassir, not his love for young boys and his sex parties with his boduguards (filmed by his rusians & commie handlers in the days).

But, again, his PERSONAL DOCTOR admitted in plain words it was AIDS.
See what is found on Evil youtube :
Secretary general of PFLP admits Arafat Died of AIDS
Oh, well, it's probably an edit by those evil Zionists. Ah.
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 04/02/2009 11:55 Comments || Top||

#11  Ah, found the doc clip again (from a french poster this time) :
Arafat est mort du SIDA
Posted by: anonymous5089 || 04/02/2009 11:58 Comments || Top||

#12  I always king of figured that the Israelis finally got him (poisoned baby wipes or something), the Paleos went with the AIDS story because even that was less embarrassing than admitting that Jooos killed him, and the Russkies helped the Paleos do Sharon in retaliation.

But that's just me, and I *do* love a good conspiracy theory.
Posted by: Iblis || 04/02/2009 12:11 Comments || Top||

#13  Arafat was poisoned. He was poisoned by the death cult known as islam. He became something subhuman, twisted and evil. He remained that way until he died and yet his evil still persists today.

It really is humans vs orcs.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 04/02/2009 14:11 Comments || Top||

#14  Arafat was poisoned by his his own excesses, ultimately succumbing to AIDS.
Posted by: William Marcy Tweed || 04/02/2009 14:14 Comments || Top||

#15  He may have been the first case of salmonella poisoning form peanut butter
Posted by: Mt Dew addiction || 04/02/2009 14:15 Comments || Top||

#16  I heard Arafat drowned during one of his infamous bukake parties.
Posted by: ed || 04/02/2009 14:43 Comments || Top||

#17  Arafat is in stable condition now.

Posted by: mhw || 04/02/2009 15:25 Comments || Top||

#18  While your are probing try to find out why: 1. Arafat was such an a$$hole, 2. Why he got the Nobel Piece Prize, and 3. What he did with all the loot he stole while alive.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/02/2009 16:45 Comments || Top||

#19  Seemed like classic indications of Mastitis so was skeptical when they said heart problems and figured it might be a deflection. Had he of gone to Cuba instead of France he would have had a chance.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/02/2009 16:52 Comments || Top||

#20  Who gives a shit?

The important thing is he's still DEAD.
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/02/2009 19:37 Comments || Top||

#21  and reanimated so it can lurch zombielike throughout the islamosphere...feeding on a zombie's usual sustenance - brains.

If I were looking for brains, the Islamosphere would not be where I'd head first. Not for human ones, anyway. (get it? head first, brains? Bwahaha)

But never mind, Auntie Sea. Tell me again the part about the rat bastard being dead. I like hearing that story.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2009 20:20 Comments || Top||

#22  ROFL, Steve. :-D
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/02/2009 21:13 Comments || Top||

Blair: Mideast peace process in jeopardy
[Jerusalem Post Front Page] Quartet envoy calls for strong negotiations toward two-state solution and major changes on the ground.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [312 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  No Sh*t? How were you welcomed by this prescient observation?
Posted by: newc || 04/02/2009 1:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Guys a f-king genius!

Except he blames it on Israel.... saying that 'Israel must accept a two state solution.'.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 04/02/2009 1:15 Comments || Top||

#3  The Juden have figured out that the "work camp" is something else entirely, Tony.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/02/2009 4:48 Comments || Top||

#4  Blair: Mideast peace process in jeopardy

Newspeak for: Israel refuses to roll over and die quietly.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/02/2009 8:46 Comments || Top||

Abbas: Bibi doesnŽt believe in peace
[Jerusalem Post Front Page] PA president says world must put pressure on new govŽt; says any govŽt must adopt two-state solution.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [466 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  When you're put in a prison cell with a psychotic killer who continually rants about killing you, apparently Bibi doesn't think that trying to bore him to peace will work.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/02/2009 0:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Peace is not the lack of adversity, it is a force that prevents your harm.
Posted by: newc || 04/02/2009 1:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes he does. We will have Peace the only way one can make peace with Arabs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/02/2009 4:57 Comments || Top||

#4  More terrorist rhetoric.

"It would appear that Sommerset was right, wouldn't it? It all comes down to blowing their heads off."

Dr. Henry Fynn
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2009 11:04 Comments || Top||

#5  Creaate a desert and call it peace, I love it.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 04/02/2009 11:46 Comments || Top||

#6  Bibi doesn´t believe in peace

Not only that, but he intends to reanimate the corpse of Ariel Sharon. Feel free to rant on about your two state solution while undead zombie Sharon stalks the streets of Gaza.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2009 12:58 Comments || Top||

#7  I wasn't aware Sharon had died yet, Steve.

Of course, if I'm right, reanimating him would be even better.... :-D
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/02/2009 19:39 Comments || Top||

#8  I wasn't aware Sharon had died yet, Steve.

I stand corrected. From the occasionally reliable Wikipedia:
He has remained in a long-term care facility since 6 November 2006. Medical experts indicate that his cognitive abilities have likely been destroyed by the stroke. On 26th Feb 2009 he turned 81, still comatose but in a stable condition.

As you say, Barbara, it just makes the job that much easier.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2009 20:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Poor Arik. :(
Posted by: Seafarious || 04/02/2009 21:37 Comments || Top||

Ban calls for ŽviableŽ Palestinian state
[Iran Press TV Latest] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has urged the new Israeli government to provide for the creation of an independent Palestinian state.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  Hey Ban. They already have a state -- it's called Jordan.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 04/02/2009 1:07 Comments || Top||

#2  They will never have a "viable" state as long as they are a hazard to their neighbors.
Posted by: tipover || 04/02/2009 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  There is no such thing as a viable Islamic state, and even among Muslims "Palestinians" are exceptional for being destructive psychotics.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/02/2009 4:59 Comments || Top||

#4  Define "viable", Banman.
And...what's for lunch today?
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/02/2009 9:15 Comments || Top||

#5  and even among Muslims "Palestinians" are exceptional for being destructive psychotics.

A candidate for Snark of the Day, however the judges have disqualified it on the grounds of being a statement of fact.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2009 10:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Ban calls for ´viable´ Palestinian state.

And a pony.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 04/02/2009 14:40 Comments || Top||

#7  Gimmie some viable Palestinians and we can give 'em a state! Of course, finding viable Paleos will be as easy as finding unicorns, fairies, dragons, etc.
Posted by: DarthVader || 04/02/2009 14:55 Comments || Top||

#8  Yeah, and people in hell want ice-water!
Posted by: Sgt. Mom || 04/02/2009 15:49 Comments || Top||

#9  ISRAELI MIL FORUM > ARAB LEAGUE PREPARES TO GIVE ISRAEL AN ULTIMATUM. Israel must accept Saudi Plan, or else will be dropped from negotiats table [Read, no peace wid Arab Govts + no end to Arab-Israeli Conflict save final surrender or destruction]???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 04/02/2009 21:17 Comments || Top||

Israel's new FM dismisses Annapolis peace deal
[Al Arabiya Latest] Israel is not bound by the 2007 relaunch of U.S.-backed peace talks with the Palestinians, new Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday, striking a hard line on his first day in office as premier Benjamin Netanyahu began his second term saying he did not support a two-state solution.

Lieberman's rejection of the agreement signed in Annapolis, Maryland signaled a hawkish new approach to the peace process that could put Israel's new right-wing government at odds with the international community and main ally the United States.

" There is only one document that binds us and it is not the Annapolis conference "
Israel's new FM
The Palestinians fired back, warning that Lieberman was an obstacle to peace and urging the international community to pressure Israel into honoring its past commitments.

"There is only one document that binds us and it is not the Annapolis conference," Lieberman said at a handover ceremony at the foreign ministry a day after being sworn in by parliament.

"Only the roadmap. The Israeli government and the Knesset (parliament) never adopted Annapolis," he said.

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [319 views] Top|| File under: Palestinian Authority

#1  at odds with the international community

Been there for, at least, 2000 years.

and main ally the United States

Nah, Obamba is too busy europenizing USA to spare time for "The Jewish problem".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/02/2009 5:03 Comments || Top||

#2  G(r)om: Does Netanyahu already have an iPod?
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2009 8:15 Comments || Top||

#3  G(r)om: Does Netanyahu already have an iPod?

We could preload it with Hava Nagila.
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/02/2009 15:52 Comments || Top||

PM: We may be forced to attack Iran
[Jerusalem Post Front Page] The primary imperative for the United States and President Barack Obama is to put an end to Iran's nuclear race, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said before his swearing-in Tuesday, adding that if the US failed to do so Israel might be forced to resort to a military strike on the Islamic Republic's nuclear installations. "The Obama presidency has two great missions: fixing the economy, and preventing Iran from gaining nuclear weapons," Netanyahu told The Atlantic. The Iranian drive for a nuclear weapon was a "hinge of history," he said, emphasizing that all of "Western civilization" was responsible for preventing an Iranian bomb.

"You don't want a messianic apocalyptic cult controlling atomic bombs," Netanyahu said of the Iranian regime. "When the wide-eyed believer gets hold of the reins of power and the weapons of mass death, then the entire world should start worrying, and that is what is happening in Iran."

Netanyahu suggested that Israeli preemptive strikes against perceived threats were the result of the Jewish people learning from a long history of grappling against those who threatened their collective existence. He cited Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's repeated calls to "wipe Israel off the map," as well as a recent remark by the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, to the effect that Israel was a "cancerous tumor."

Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [308 views] Top|| File under:

Obama to PM: US support for IsraelŽs security unwavering
[Jerusalem Post Front Page] White House spokesman says US administration committed to ŽŽworking vigorously for two-state solutionŽŽ and anticipates ŽŽfrank discussions.ŽŽ
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [302 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "And here are your DVDs".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/02/2009 5:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Quite right. Barry is very familiar with the "two state solution." He's from fly-over country where you have both Chicago... AND Illinois. On a more serious note, there is room under Barry's bus for all of Israel.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2009 8:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Considering the insanity of Israeli bus drivers....
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 04/02/2009 10:09 Comments || Top||

#4  ´working vigorously for two-state solution´´ and anticipates ´´frank discussions.´´´

I translate this as "Y'all are on your own."
Posted by: SteveS || 04/02/2009 10:35 Comments || Top||

#5  Howdy losers and minority!
Firstly, I would like to say that President Obama is doing quite a good job. But he needs to move against the Rantburger cum jew cum WASP cum fascist cum redneck cum bible thumper loser minority, and more vigorously at that.
Dear Mr. Obama, please understand that jews and their supporters (hint, hint-the Rantburgers of today) have ALWAYS caused the destruction of every great empire. Every civilization has hated jews- WHAT? Was every civilization in the history of mankind WRONG? Why have they ALL hated
jews...every single one of them!!!!
Unfortunately, Americans have been led to believe that hating jews is bad. Dear Mr. Obama, why don't you read Mr. Henry Ford's book, "The International Jew"? We know its banned in America but you can download it from the internet. Mr. Ford, one of the world's greatest businessmen, will tell you about the jews and their evil, sinister and wicked nature.
Or just read another book, "The Merchant of Venice" by William Shakespeare (also banned in America, but you can download it for free too). Shakespeare will infrom you how Shylock the jew treated the noble Antony.
Finally please don't try to supress hatred for the jews. Its unhealthy. Hatred for jews is a natural and beautiful thing. We feel sorry that your people dont enjoy the freedoms to hate jews that we do here. And dont forget to hate the fascist Rantburgers. As the final prophet, Muhammad, may Allah bless him said, "Those who support jews are of them!"

God bless America.
Posted by: TRUTH IS BACK-oh yeah || 04/02/2009 16:00 Comments || Top||

Southeast Asia
Amnesty International: Thai terrorists abuse human rights
Posted by: ryuge || 04/02/2009 08:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [303 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Years way too late Amnesia International. Go run another pledge drive on the Gitmo propaganda. Oh, did the usual wallets evaporate with the current financial crisis and the departure of Bushmonkeyhitler? (rhetorical question). Too bad you already sold your souls.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/02/2009 10:06 Comments || Top||

#2  Now there is a news flash for you.

The surprise meter didn't even MOVE on that one.
Posted by: James Carville || 04/02/2009 10:44 Comments || Top||

#3  How's this for a first draft?

You have the right to convert to islam. Anything you say can and should be approved by a sharia court. You have the right to visit an imam; if you do not know of one, one will be appointed to you. You have the obligation to do exactly what the imam determins for the rest of your life under penalty of you and your family's continued harassment until the end of days. Failure to exercise your right to convert can and will result in your judgement at my current discretion, and possibly your family and friends depending on my mood. With these rights in mind do you wish to speak to me?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/02/2009 12:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Harrrrumph harrrrumph harrrrumph...
Posted by: tu3031 || 04/02/2009 12:27 Comments || Top||

Petraeus: Israel might attack Iran
[Iran Press TV Latest] Top US commander in the Middle East, General David Petraeus says Israel might choose to attack Iran as a move to halt its nuclear program.

"The Israeli government may ultimately see itself so threatened by the prospect of an Iranian nuclear weapon that it would take preemptive military action to derail or delay it," Petraeus told the US Congress on Wednesday.

The head of the US Central Command also accused Iran of failing "to provide the assurances and transparency necessary for international acceptance and verification" of the peaceful nature of its program.

Tehran's "obstinacy and obfuscation have forced Iran's neighbors and the international community to conclude the worst about the regime's intention," Bloomberg quoted Petraeus as telling the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Ken Katzman, a Middle East military analyst for the non- partisan Congressional Research Service in Washington, said Petraeus' remarks about a prospective Israeli attack against Iran "was extremely significant, particularly for what he did not say -- that the United States would act to restrain Israel or talk it out of conducting such a strike."

Israel, which is believed to possess the Middle East's only nuclear arsenals, accuses Iran of trying to develop nuclear arms.

Tehran however says its nuclear program is only aimed at meeting the country's energy needs.
Posted by: Fred || 04/02/2009 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [309 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran

#1  Petraeus: "Israel might attack Iran".

Bibi: "We may be forced to attack Iran".

The One: "We must have frank dialog".
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/02/2009 5:25 Comments || Top||

#2  I think he can bet his master blaster wings on that one.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2009 7:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Why was Katzman so surprised? It isn't Petraeus' job to make policy.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 04/02/2009 7:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Military commanders are not policy makers. It is his job to execute the policy of the commander in chief.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2009 8:05 Comments || Top||

#5  I should qualify that a tad. General Petraeus and other top brass have an obligation to advise and make recommendations to the Chairman JCS, the administration, and POTUS. The extent to which these recommendations are made public or acted upon is held at the decretion of the recipients. Only a guess, but it would stand to reason that Obama's National Security Advisor, retired USMC General James Jones has been instrumental in guiding and tutoring the administration's actions. I am sure this effort will continue until military and administration goals reach that inevitable fork in the road.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/02/2009 10:49 Comments || Top||

#6  Military commanders are not policy makers.

Right. But it is interesting to do a Google search with the keywords "petraeus iowa".
Posted by: Ebbang Uluque6305 || 04/02/2009 16:00 Comments || Top||

#7  Petraeus: "Israel might attack Iran - I hope".

Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 04/02/2009 19:41 Comments || Top||


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