Monday, October 30, 2006

A Seasonal Graphic

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And just in time for Halloween, HERE is a story about Houdini, who died on October 31, 1926. It seems there was more to Houdini than met the eye:
"...A new biography of the legendary performer suggests that Houdini worked as a spy for Scotland Yard, monitored Russian anarchists and chased counterfeiters for the U.S. Secret Service — all before he was possibly murdered...."

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Sunday, October 29, 2006


Is Blogger back?

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

CAIR: No Comment?

Today on Fox News Channel, there was some discussion of the documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against The West, recently released on DVD. The moderator of the discussion stated that CAIR had been invited to participate in the discussion, but had declined.

Now, why is that? One would think that such a discussion on cable news would be an excellent opportunity for CAIR (1) to debunk the film and (2) to issue a call for moderate Muslims to speak out against Islamic radicals.

A recently released twelve-minute version is available for online viewing HERE. Better yet. Buy the DVD and watch the entire documentary.

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Press Release: Gilchrist To Speak


Jim Gilchrist, the founder of the Minuteman Project, has joined the line-up of speakers scheduled to appear at a symposium addressing the threat of terrorism set to take place on November 10th & 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Gilchrist joins a distinguished list of scheduled speakers including Hamid Mir, the only journalist to have interviewed Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahri since the attacks of September 11, 2001, who will be the keynote speaker.

The symposium, titled, Understanding the Threat of Radical Islamist Terrorism, addresses the origins and threat of terrorism and is presented by America’s Truth Forum, a grassroots, non-partisan, educational organization. The event is scheduled for November 10th & 11th, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is open to the public. Tickets are $150 per attendee and require advanced purchase due to security protocol.

Gilchrist founded the multi-ethnic Minuteman Project on Oct. 1, 2004, after years of frustrated efforts trying to get a neglectful U.S. government to simply enforce existing immigration laws. He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and recipient of the Purple Heart award for wounds sustained while serving with an infantry unit in Vietnam, 1968 - 1969.

Mr. Gilchrist will speak on the issues of terrorist infiltrating the US border and the threat they pose, and the events surrounding his recent appearance at Columbia University where protesters denied him his First Amendment free speech rights when they rushed his stage.

America’s Truth Forum launches the symposium on Friday evening with a VIP Pre-Symposium Reception on November 10, 2006. Those in attendance will be provided the unique opportunity to personally interact with our speakers and other "prominent" guests. Tickets for the VIP Pre-Symposium Reception are $109.00 per attendee. Again, tickets need to be purchased in advance due to security protocol

For information and to purchase tickets: America's Truth Forum or email or call Jeffrey Epstein at (866) 709-3474.

[Posted as fulfillment of my duties as a member of America's Truth Forum Blog Corps]

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Friday, October 27, 2006

CAIR And Election Campaigns

In my previous posting (Please scroll down), I questioned whether or not CAIR has violated its tax-emempt status by the organization's support of candidate Keith Ellison.

Now comes this October 27, 2006 article in FrontPageMagazine. Excerpt:

"...[F]or officials of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – the most visible group claiming to represent Muslims in America – their political loyalties appear to lean in one particular political direction. An extensive review of political contributions by CAIR officials, employees and board members on the local, state and national level reveals that CAIR is betting almost exclusively on Democrats to represent them politically on Capitol Hill during the upcoming 110th Congress....

"[A]t present CAIR officials are content to liberally spread their campaign contributions to Democrats, apparently on the gamble that they will take one, if not both, chambers of Congress....With Democrats in control, CAIR is betting that they will be better represented on Capitol Hill in their self-proclaimed goal of eventual Islamic domination for America. Maybe that is something that citizens should keep in mind on November 7th as they go to the polls and vote."

Among the states mentioned in the article are Ohio, California, Minnesota, Georgia, Virginia, and Florida. Read the entire article here.

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CAIR And Tax-Exempt Status

Is CAIR in violation of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code? That portion of the code reads as follows:
"To be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, an organization must be organized and operated exclusively for purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3), and none of its earnings may inure to any private shareholder or individual. In addition, it may not attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities and it may not participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates."
American Crusader has posted a link to an October 24, 2006 article dealing with the above. The entire article is posted below (emphases mine):
WASHINGTON - Alarmed by the furor surrounding Muslim Fifth Congressional District candidate Keith Ellison, a national Islamic group is targeting Minnesota with an "anti-terror TV ad" blitz disavowing ties between Islam and terrorism.

The campaign, "Not in the Name of Islam," will begin airing today on cable networks statewide and during Monday night's Vikings game.

The new Minnesota ad is meant to distance Islam from terrorism, but it has added fuel to the fire over Ellison's ties to some Muslim figures, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.

The 30-second spot (on the Web at is sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based group with strong ties to Minnesota.

The group's leader, Nihad Awad, says Ellison's predicted election to the U.S. Congress from the heavily DFL district centered on Minneapolis has electrified Muslims around the world, some of whom have asked him, "Is it true?"

But Awad, a former Minnesotan, has himself been the subject of an acrimonious nationwide debate over his alleged support for terrorist groups in the Middle East -- which he denies. Both of Ellison's opponents in the race, Republican Alan Fine and Independence Party candidate Tammy Lee, accuse CAIR of secret ties to Hamas, and question Ellison's support from the organization. The United States considers Hamas a terrorist organization.

"CAIR is to Muslims as the Ku Klux Klan is to Christians," Fine said Tuesday. "I don't think that we can say that CAIR truly represents Muslims in America."

Said Lee: "One positive political ad is not going to sanitize a group that has known ties to terrorist groups."

A host of national political and Jewish leaders, both Democrats and Republicans, have made statements both in support of and against CAIR and Awad, who appeared with President Bush after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Ellison's campaign declined to make him available for an interview. His spokeswoman, Bridget Cusick, noted that Ellison has no formal organizational support from CAIR, other than personal contributions from Awad and others.

Ellison, who could become the first black Minnesotan and the first Muslim elected to Congress, traveled to Florida earlier this month on a fundraising tour that included a party hosted by Altaf Ali, CAIR's state director there.

The ad campaign, which is intended to counter what the group says is anti-Muslim stereotyping, also is being coordinated by a CAIR official in Florida, Ahmed Bedier.

"The focus is not on the election," Bedier said, "but to send the message that American Muslims do not condone terrorism."

The ad has run in other states as a free public service announcement, but is now running only in Minnesota as a paid advertisement. That is a first for CAIR, according to Washington spokesman Ibrahim Hooper.

The reason, Hooper said, is the attacks by Fine and others against Ellison over CAIR and his past ties to Farrakhan, a controversial figure with a long record of anti-Semitic statements.

Ellison has disassociated himself from Farrakhan's anti-Semitic positions, although he says he remains proud of his work on the 1995 Million Man March in Washington, D.C.

"With all the anti-Muslim stereotyping that's coming out of that race, we thought it necessary to set the record straight, particularly with regards to terrorism," Hooper said.

The ad features an American Muslim stating, "We often hear claims Muslims don't condemn terrorism. ... As Muslims, we want to state clearly that those who commit acts of terror in the name of Islam are betraying the teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Mohammed."

It is slated to run more than 50 times over the next week on CNN, Headline News, Fox News, MSNBC, and ESPN. CAIR has not disclosed the cost of the cable media buy.

Fine and Lee, however, said that their criticism has not focused on Ellison's faith, but rather on his association with CAIR and its alleged support for Hamas.

"This isn't about religion," Fine said. "It's about an organization that promotes hatred and violence toward others."

Allegations of CAIR's sympathies for Hamas, which have been made by a former FBI official, among others, are based in part on a widely distributed statement by Awad in 1994 expressing support for the Palestinian group for helping "respond to the daily needs of the people."

The United States did not designate Hamas as a terrorist organization until the next year.

Bedier dismissed any allegations of the group's terrorist ties, including ones made in lawsuits brought by families of 9/11 victims. "After 9/11, there were families that sued every Muslim under the sun," he said.

He also said that CAIR's critics are indirectly taking aim at Muslims: "We are to the American Muslim community what the NAACP is to blacks in America. If you attack us, you are attacking the Muslim community and the religion of Islam in this country."

Speaking for Ellison, Cusick said: "Whether some of the things that have been said are based on anti-Muslim bigotry, or whether they're campaign tactics designed to mislead, the result is the same: They've taken the focus away from the issues."
American Crusader asks the following questions about certain portions of the above article:
This campaign has been shown in other states in the past, but now will target Minnesota exclusively. Should CAIR be allowed to openly support a candidate and maintain its tax-free status?

Why is a representative of CAIR from Florida [Ahmed Bedier] coordinating the ad campaign in a Minnesota congressional race?

Is Mr. Bedier actually stating that criticism of CAIR is an attack on all Muslims?
Steve Harkonnen has posted "A Letter to My Congressional Representative," portions of which suggest a possible model for writing to others who might be interested in what American Crusader has found. Go read what Steve has posted. Then see the list below for those who might be interested in receiving notification

Copy and Paste into an Email

Jamie Glazov, Frontpage Magazine:

Daniel Pipes:

Bill Koenig's International News:

Ben Johnson, Frontpage Magazine:



Newsbusters/Mattew Sheffield, also has a blog:

Contact via the Web

Newhouse Newspapers (26):

Jihad Watch/Dhimmi Watch
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Contact Congress in your state

If you decide to post a comment to a blog--a CAIR member's or otherwise--please review this warning.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Caliphate And CAIR

(All emphases by Always On Watch)

In January of 2006, I composed a blog article largely based on the Washington Post article "Reunified Islam: Unlikely but Not Entirely Radical: Restoration of Caliphate, Attacked by Bush, Resonates With Mainstream Muslims." According to that Washington Post article:
"[T]he caliphate is also esteemed by many ordinary Muslims....Muslims regard themselves as members of the umma, or community of believers, that forms the heart of Islam. And as earthly head of that community, the caliph is cherished both as memory and ideal, interviews indicate."
Recently, discussion of the caliphate has resumed, in part because President Bush has been using the term in several of his speeches.

On October 23, 2006, Dr. Walid Phares wrote an essay entitled "The Caliph-Strophic Debate" and analyzed a recent article in Newsweek Magazine. Excerpt from Dr. Phares' article:
"It seems that the US is having a hard time winning the hearts and minds of Arabs and Muslims, but an equally serious problem can be observed in the intellectual circles of America where some have had a difficulty coming to terms with the terminology of the War of Ideas. If the educated elite of the United States is incapable of identifying the ideology and the strategy of the Jihadists five years after 9/11, we not only have a problem with handling the War in Iraq, but also with the future of American national security as a whole.

"An article published in Newsweek magazine on October 13, 2006 illustrates this problem....

"[T]he lesson from Newsweek article is that indeed the Caliphs were emperors and did wage wars. Some were benign, others harsh, as in any other empire. But that is important for average Americans to know and for Europeans to remember: Caliphs were involved in geopolitics and have declared Jihads, as did Christian emperors for centuries calling for divine wars. Hence, Caliphs aren’t spared criticism and aren’t shielded from historical analysis and judgment because they were strictly spiritual. Besides, even if they were, Caliphs aren’t deities and the Caliphate is a very earthly thing. Along with all other offices of power in world history, the Caliphates had blood on their hands and no one can dispute that.

"But what was missed by the writers was that the US President, and before him President Putin, US Congressional leaders from both parties and Arab leaders such as King Abdallah of Jordan and others, when they mention the Caliphate as a threatening goal, they are not playing historians. They are not talking about Caliphs Omar, Moawiya, Haroun el Rashid or Sleiman the Magnificent. Those are the Caliphs of history, not the commanders of 21st century al Qaeda. Adolph Hitler wasn’t a German emperor from the Middle Ages but he pretended he was their heir. Mussolini wasn’t Julius Cesar but he played his role. Hence when world leaders are warning about the 'Caliphate' they aren’t arguing with those who died centuries ago, but resisting the extremists who want to reawaken the dark ages again, but with modern weaponry."
Many Muslims, including CAIR, have objected to President Bush's use of the word caliphate. Some of these same Muslims also objected to the term Islamofascism. One wonders if any term getting to close to Islam's geopolitical ideology is objectionable. Too close to the truth?

In his essay, Dr. Phares writes the following:
"And to top it the article consults with the Islamist lobby on the issue and elevate it to the position of ex cathedra on all things Islamic. They write:

Parvez Ahmed, chairman of the Council on American Islamic Relations, says bin Laden’s word choices distort Islam for the world, and he wishes the president would take more care. When Ahmed heard “caliphate” Wednesday morning, he thought of the way Bush used the word “crusade” after September 11. “There’s a fundamental misunderstanding with the president and his advisers on core Islamic issues,” Ahmed said. “He’s getting bad advice, they’re misinformed on Islamic terminology.” Either that, or he’s making a strategic rhetorical choice.
Perhaps a CAIR spokesman — Mr. Bedier, for instance — would share with us an acceptable term on his blog site. [Aside: Since when does a CAIR officer have his own Blogspot site?] Might that term be "a great religion"? "A religion of peace?" Those terms, however, do not go the distance to explain why so many Muslims long for the caliphate. Neither do those catch phrases explain why many ordinary Muslims, whom CAIR claims to represent, hold the concept of the caliphate in such high regard (See the above-cited article from the Washington Post).

Consider these words from Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's Director of Communications:
"I wouldn't want to create the impression that I wouldn't like the government of the United States to be Islamic sometime in the future...But I'm not going to do anything violent to promote that. I'm going to do it through education."
Also consider these words from a July 1998 statement by CAIR founder and Chairman Emeritus Omar M. Ahmad:
"Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran . . . should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth."
Do those statements from Mr. Hooper and Mr. Ahmad reflect a longing for the establishment of a worldwide caliphate, with the United States as part of that caliphate? If so, could it be that such a longing is the reason that hordes of moderate Muslims have not come forth to take back their hijacked religion?

In his essay, Dr. Phares explores Newsweek's errors and why it is important to understand the historical and current significance to Muslims regarding the utopian concept of establishing the caliphate. Read all of Dr. Phares' essay here.

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Monday, October 23, 2006

The Blogosphere And CAIR

YouTube has enjoyed a reputation of upholding the right to freedom of speech. Last week, however, in the space of two hours, I twice attempted to leave a comment to this YouTube video relating to Ahmed Bedier, the Executive Director of the Tampa Chapter of CAIR. Both times, the following message appeared:
"Your comment will be posted once it has been approved."
My comment has never appeared, even three days later. What I attempted to post read somewhat as follows:
"From what I've read, some of the incidents reported by CAIR were not confirmed.

"Frankly, Americans showed remarkable restraint following 9/11."
Today, I left a comment asking why my comments had never appeared. That comment has also not appeared. Apparently, all of my comments were deemed inappropriate. But the following comments to that particular video were acceptable:

fmm3 (3 days ago)
When did arson attacks on churchs become terrorist attack ? see [2.00 mins]. Seems like every crime a muslim does now days is a "terrorist attack".I would expect Fox news to use every opporunity to insite people to hate muslims, i wish you would stop using Fox news clips.
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bedier (3 days ago)
fmm3, If Muslims have a problem with what is displayed on FOX News, then they have to work harder to be on those clips and making a difference. Ignoring that media outlet will not help change the negative perceptions.
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Supkem (3 days ago)
Another excellent point.
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fmm3 (2 days ago)
An excellent point made and i can see CAIR is working hard, but with Fox news broadcasting soo much anti-muslim newsclips those clips making a difference are often a drop in the ocean and often broadcasted on local Fox stations. For example sice your president used the term "Islamic-fascists" Fox news has made this a popular term and is now used frequently and the average person is lead to believe they are a strong ideological connection.
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bedier (3 days ago)
fmm3, If Muslims have a problem with what is displayed on FOX News, then they have to work harder to be on those clips and making a difference. Ignoring that media outlet will not help change the negative perceptions.
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Supkem (3 days ago)
excellent point.
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Supkem (3 days ago)
It is nice to see so many americans reaching out to Muslims in an effort to embrace peace.

The street runs both ways though. Is Islam doing enough to intergrate into socity? or do they cry wolf to often?

As far as I see there are far more "I'm a victim" stories, and not enough, condemnation videos. the ratio is about 10-1 right now. and that is a fact. Sorry but true.
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bedier (3 days ago)
Watch more of our videos. We're condemning and doing it often. The "I'm a victim" stories are more because there is sooo much hate in our nation against Islam and Muslims and people are acting that hatred out. We will continue to speak out on both topics.
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fmm3 (2 days ago)
The news channels don't seem to broadcast Muslims holding conferences and demostrations denouncing violence because simply "peace" is in some ways boring and does not attract viewers, you know, who wants to watch muslims hold a conference on community relations when they can see flag burnings in Pakistan, India etc. They want to see the people insiting violence so their stereotypical views can be confirmed.
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fmm3 (2 days ago)
I think the real question is, are American doing enough to understand Islam and muslims ? Maybe most people are too lazy to go down to the book shop or library, it is far easier to pick up the remote control. In some ways Bedier is right, the influx of "victim Stories" on your television is simply because arguebly most Americans hate Islam and muslims are the those with the extremist views buy a sniper rifle and use mosques as target practice.
On Saturday, October 21, 2006, blogger Steve Harkonnen posted the following, which relates to what has been going on with Bedier’s material at YouTube:
“From the actions of the past week against a known terrorist supporter that claims he's working for a civil rights group that still supports fundraising groups that aid and abet terrorist factions in the Middle East, it's basically proof-positive that on his site, where he posts his propaganda videos that tout how "good" his organization is, there is active post-screening going on, and 9 out of 10 posts are showing support for his group.

“Simply put: he's screening out truths - truths on recorded quotes, truths that his group is an illicit organization that is hell-bent on instituting Sharia Law in the United States and making it into an Islamic Theocracy….

“[H]e's obviously trying to hide the truth that:

“His group was birthed from Hamas and that his group has close ties with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

“Several of this group's officers have been arrested for terrorism, and they were employed by this radical group during the time of their arrest.

“This was the thesis of what I was trying to post over on but the comments weren't coming up. If they were, they were quickly snatched away by the propagandist that sits behind this site...."

The following provides some additional information about Ahmed Bedier (Go HERE to access the links):
December 13, 2005



(Coral Springs, FL) Last Thursday, on a local Tampa Bay, Florida television program, Ahmed Bedier, the Communications Director of CAIR-Florida, stated that, prior to 1995, there was "nothing immoral" about the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorist organization.

The show, WTVT's 'Your Turn with Kathy Fountain,' featured a discussion about the recent acquittal of PIJ leader Sami Al-Arian. Bedier, who has been acting as Al-Arian's long-time unofficial spokesman, was asked a series of questions by the host of the show.

One of the questions dealt with the morality behind Al-Arian's connection to Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Fountain asked, "If he was associating with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, doesn't that seem immoral, in your opinion?" Bedier responded, "To a certain degree. Now, before 1995 there was nothing immoral about it."

Bedier's answer is startling, given the fact that, prior to 1995, Palestinian Islamic Jihad took credit for five terrorist attacks, which resulted in the murders of eight innocent people. This includes a suicide bombing in the town of Netzarim Junction, in November of 1994.

On December 7th, the day prior to the TV show, Bedier didn't hide his praise for the acquittal of Al-Arian. He said that the verdicts were "a huge relief, and people are just jubilant."

About Bedier's statements, Joe Kaufman, Chairman of Americans Against Hate, said, "It is disgraceful for Ahmed Bedier to make light of a cold-blooded terrorist organization, as he has about the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It is offensive to the memories of all those that died at the hands of this monstrous group! It is equally offensive for Bedier to describe the acquittal of terrorist leader Sami Al-Arian in terms of 'jubilation.' Our organization calls on the news media to not seek quotes from this man, but to instead denounce his irresponsible statements."
Several other articles about Ahmed Bedier can be found HERE.

Additional information covering developments with YouTube and Blogger over the past few days can be found HERE, the final sentence of which reads as follows:
This is interesting stuff and the blogosphere should be made totally aware of what is happening.
Be sure to go HERE to read Joe Kaufman's most recent statement. If you have time, you might want to read all the postings at Joe Kaufman's blog, which, as of this moment, shows a total of seven postings.

Addendum: Please see what Pim's Ghost has posted, HERE and HERE.

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Sunday, October 22, 2006

American Crusader & CAIR

THIS is interesting. Excerpt:

"The following list contains all the responses/comments found at YouTube. It's pretty obvious that free speech is not one of Ahmed Bedier's favorite freedoms....Why not allow all comments?"

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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Mobilizing The Muslim Vote

(All emphases by Always On Watch)

According to this October 19, 2006 article (also posted at CAIR's web site) reproduced here in its entirety:

Richmond - Muslims in Virginia are poised to play a sizable role in next month’s election, with nearly 60,000 registered Muslim voters in the state, according to a local political organization.

Mukit Hossain, president of the Virginia Muslim Political Action Committee, said his group is working to mobilize voters to get out and vote Democratic. In a Senate race as tight as the one between Democrat Jim Webb and incumbent Republican George Allen, 60,000 voters can be the difference between a win and a loss.

Population estimates show Virginia’s Muslim population at about 300,000. Most reside in Northern Virginia.

“I think we can make sizeable impacts,” Hossain said. “I think we made a difference in the gubernatorial race” between Tim Kaine and Jerry Kilgore. The group supported Kaine, the winner of the race by just more than 113,000 votes.

Hossain said the group does not have a political affiliation and attempts to be nonpartisan. He said the PAC is endorsing Webb and the Democratic House candidates in Northern Virginia based on their views on civil liberties, human rights, immigration, foreign policy, health care and education.

One issue especially important to the group was local enforcement of federal immigration laws. The Herndon Town Council’s decision to train local police to enforce these laws was especially troubling, Hossain said.

“That’s the sort of mechanism we believe would be extremely dangerous for the Muslim community,” he said. “You are handing over a degree of power that is not necessarily warranted and can be abused, especially given the skimpy training [Herndon police] are going to receive.”
The picture caption reads as follows:
(Brig Cabe/Examiner)
The Mustafa Center is a Muslin mosque near the intersection of Braddock and Backlick roads in Annandale.
Here at Always On Watch, I have previously blogged about Mukit Hossain. See THIS and THIS. The former includes this information:
"Hossain and the other Muslims working with Project Hope and Harmony have been accused of trying to justify illegal immigration, but their commitment to the issue has remained strong."
Project Hope and Harmony made both local and national news because this organization supported the Herndon Day Laborer Center. The next local elections in Herndon ousted the mayor and council members who voted in favor of the center.

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Friday, October 20, 2006

Patches The Horse

To watch this video, click on the center arrow, then on the arrow at the lower left.

[Hat-tip to my client M.N. for emailing this]

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"New" Source For Water Pollution

Note: When I was having so much back pain that I couldn't do much blogging, I saved a stack of newspaper and news-magazine articles which I found interesting. The following blog is based on one of those hoarded articles. All emphases are mine.

Photo from the Washington Post
Sometimes a story comes along and makes the reader say, "Duh!" Such a story appeared on the front page of the September 28, 2006 edition of the Washington Post. Excerpt from "Wildlife Waste Is Major Water Polluter, Studies Say":
"Scientists have run high-tech tests on harmful bacteria in local rivers and streams [in Virginia and Maryland] and found that many of the germs -- and in the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, a majority of them -- come from wildlife dung. The strange proposition that nature is apparently polluting itself has created a serious conundrum for government officials charged with cleaning up the rivers.

"Part of the problem lies with the unnaturally high populations of deer, geese and raccoons living in modern suburbs and depositing their waste there. But officials say it would be nearly impossible, and wildly unpopular, to kill or relocate enough animals to make a dent in even that segment of the pollution.

"That leaves scientists and environmentalists struggling with a more fundamental question: How clean should we expect nature to be? In certain cases, they say, the water standards themselves might be flawed, if they appear to forbid something as natural as wild animals leaving their dung in the woods."
Not serious, you say? Sometimes waxing eloquent and even calling upon historical background (which is, of course, unverifiable), some animal lovers refuse to accept the data from the study and want to discount the findings:

"'If you were here when Captain John Smith rode up the Anacostia River [in 1608], and you tested the water, it would probably have a good bit of coliform in it' because of wildlife,' said Robert Boone, president of an environmental group called the Anacostia Watershed Society."
Maybe so. But throughout D.C. and the close-in suburbs here, we have deer, geese, muskrats, raccoons, and a variety of other wild animals leaving their little gifts. According to the article, such leavings are having an impact beyond the nuisance of dealing with goose droppings in the area's swimming pools and on golf courses, cemetery markers, and our freshly washed vehicles:
"In the Washington area, violations of the bacteria standards have put more than two dozen streams, including the Potomac and Anacostia rivers, on the federal 'impaired waters' list. That means they do not meet the ideal conditions for swimming and need cleaning up....

"In the Potomac and the Anacostia, for instance, more than half of the bacteria in the streams came from wild creatures. EPA documents show that similar problems were found in Maryland, where wildlife were more of a problem than humans and livestock combined in the Magothy River, and in Northern Virginia tributaries such as Accotink Creek, where geese were responsible for 24 percent of bacteria, as opposed to 20 percent attributable to people.

"'Wildlife consistently came up as being . . . a major player,' said Peter Gold, an environmental scientist for the EPA.

"To some scientists, this makes perfect sense. They point out that a few wild animals have managed to thrive in the environments that humans create: Deer feast on suburban flowers; raccoons raid backyard pet-food bowls. Nonmigratory Canada geese, descended in part from geese brought to this area as live hunting decoys, have fallen so much in love with golf courses and groomed city parks that their East Coast population now stands at 1.1 million.

"It could be the ultimate irony of people's impact on nature that the entire system has changed so radically that wild animals now degrade their own environment. More animals means more bacteria-laden waste. Some of that is swept by storm water into rivers and streams."
What to do?
"[I]t is one thing to blame wild animals for pollution and another to figure out how to get them to stop....

"[Scientists] determined that there needed to be an 83 percent reduction in the amount of waste that wildlife left directly in streams."

"But even the scientists who make these determinations say such a large reduction is unlikely. Although Maryland does kill a few hundred geese annually to reduce water pollution, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month relaxed its rules to make it easier to kill geese for public-health reasons, no officials in this area have plans to kill or remove wildlife on a scale large enough to make a difference to the waterways."
Thinning the ranks of Bambis or Rascals is, to say the least, distasteful to animal lovers. All those years of Disney movies, National Geographic, and Animal Kingdom have caused a lot of people to anthropomorphize and idealize living with wild creatures.

The final conundrum, according to the last pargraph of the article:
"'Has anybody studied about fish?' quipped David Feld, national program director for a Falls Church-based group called GeesePeace, which seeks nonlethal ways of controlling goose populations. 'How much fish contribute?'"
I can see the line forming for the grants now, as various groups apply for funds to conduct studies as to how much fish contribute to water pollution.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Returning To Normal?

Sheba has turned the corner. Blood work and urinalysis were negative; we didn't conduct any scans. The vet's best guess is that Sheba was suffering from indigestion due to tainted cat food and a hairball.

On my own medical front, I'm seeing improvement in my lower-back pain. The combination of medication, medical massage, and physical therapy is working wonders. Finally, after more than a year of searching for a diagnosis, I have an appropriate treatment plan and times with NO PAIN!

Sometimes it takes crises for us to appreciate normality.

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Symposium In Las Vegas

"Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam Terrorism," Part 2 of a series.

November 10-11, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Among others, Laura Mansfield. Dr. Wafa Sultan, Robert Spencer [Go HERE to see the C-Span interview of Robert Spencer), and Walid Shoebat will be speaking.

Details HERE.

Reservations can now be made.

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Message From America's Truth Forum

Dear Concerned Americans:

For some time, America’s Truth Forum has been recognized for being on the very cutting edge of the struggle to expose Radical Islam’s menacing threat to our homeland. In keeping with expectations, we’ve encountered numerous obstacles along the way. Most challenging has been the mainstream media’s imposition of virtually impenetrable roadblocks – obstacles implemented to prevent us from reaching out to fellow citizens who share our concerns for national security and the safety of future generations. Fortunately, we’ve discovered alternative means to circumvent those barriers.

In the process, we also learned how to effectively deal with detractors and maneuver in an environment best described as “PC gone wild.”

Bar none, the greatest challenge currently facing us, and placing our nation in harm’s way, is apathy. According to Webster’s dictionary, “apathy” is best defined as a lack of concern or “indifference”.

Sustained periods of uncertainly, especially when a nation is at war, should give rise to greater concern amongst the populace. We are currently engaged in a struggle for our very existence yet, astoundingly, few seem to take note or even care. This is true in nearly every case except, of course, for our Islamist enemies who are poised to benefit from our indifference.

The struggle against Islamofascism is clearly being lost on the home front. Please consider the following:

§ There are over 1.1 billion Muslims worldwide. According to conservative estimates, at least 10% or 110 million are radicalized and prone to violence. Of equal concern, these jihadis have rallied the support of another 40% or 400 million. In summary, that’s some 500 million people who are sworn and committed to our death and destruction.

§ Islamic religious leaders granted Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda the right to kill up to 10 million Americans. Most experts agree that plans are in the works for catastrophic attacks involving weapons of mass destruction. Yet, our political correct policies prohibit racial profiling and other effective measures that must be employed by law enforcement agencies to protect the homeland.

§ Over 90% of American Mosques are Saudi funded and tainted by Wahabbi doctrine. Hate-inspired anti-American messages and literature are shared with their hungry audiences on our own soil.

§ American institutions of higher learning like Harvard, Georgetown and many others have received multi-million dollar gifts from Saudi Arabian dignitaries – funds being used to purchase influence and capture the minds of our youth.

§ On an annual basis, tens of thousands of prisoners are being converted to Islam in our penal institutions. Upon release, many of these same felons are recruited into a standing army awaiting marching orders.

§ Terrorist training facilities continue to operate freely within our borders.

§ Muslim Students Associations (MSA’s), Islamic centers and Mosques across America and Canada sponsor paintball outings and promote survival skills. Paintball, in itself, may be a harmless sport but one must consider ulterior motives since the MSA’s also benefit from Saudi funding. The National MSA’s online publication promotes firearms training with the following quote that they attribute to Mohammed, “Power is shooting, power is shooting, power is shooting”. They also recommend Muslim students that paintball as an excellent way to learn about combat. This certainly begs the question as to why college-based religious organizations would advocate sharpening combat skills.

§ Despite its dark history and terrorist ties, CAIR continues to exert tremendous influence in Washington. Their propaganda machine is supported by multi-million dollar donations from Saudi Arabia.

§ In the words of CAIR’s Chairman, Omar Ahmad, “Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to be dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth”.

§ CAIR continue to host regional conferences for thousands of Muslims nationwide. Keynote Speakers include the likes of Siraj Wahhaj. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Wahhaj is the un-indicted co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

§ Our enemies are forthright when voicing their intensions with regard to establishing a caliphate and delivering the entire world to Allah. We are the ones who refuse to accept the fact that they mean business and continue to live in a state of denial.

§ Over 6300 Muslim-inspired terrorist attacks have taken place worldwide since 9/11 – begging the question as to why our fearless leaders in Washington continue to refer to Islam as a religion of peace.

The future of America is in peril and we can’t afford to rest in the hands of a scant few who chose to stand defiantly in the face of evil.

Silent are the voices of those patriots who stand proud while paying homage to our nation’s fallen servicemen on Memorial Day.

Absent are the statesmen of a by-gone era when men served their nation with dignity and upheld their oaths to preserve the constitution.

We are currently engaged in fighting a war for our very survival against a clever, cunning and deceptive enemy – an enemy that is skilled in using the rights guaranteed by our own Constitution against us.

What future awaits upcoming generations - meaning your children? Who will be there to protect them from this evil, if we fail to confront it now in earnest? The time has come for all concerned Americans to either rise up and take a stand or acquiesce and sink further into a state of apathy. A lack of action, at this point, will only seal the fate of our heirs. We owe it to our founding fathers who did better than condemn us to making a choice between death, conversion and enslavement. The time has come for those of us who value life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to unite, in a common front, and be heard.

To quote Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch:

“In this era of violent intimidation, it is crucial for the continued life of our free society that we speak out, and do so fearlessly.”

Show your concern for the future of our great nation. Don’t abandon those who are engaged in a daily struggle, both here and abroad, to preserve the American way of life.

America’s Truth Forum needs your financial support to continue to fight on your behalf. This struggle has nothing to do with partisan politics, instead it has everything to do with survival. Above all, please make the effort to attend the symposium this November 10th & 11th in Las Vegas, Nevada, and spread the word to other concerned Americans.

These events are designed to do nothing more than provide a forum for the dissemination of the truth – facts provided by internationally recognized counterterrorism experts that could prove potentially life saving for you and your family. There will be no better opportunity to engage the experts in dialogue.

Contributions and registration forms may be mailed to:

America’s Truth Forum
P.O. Box 802
Glastonbury, CT. 06033

Your support of our initiative is greatly appreciated.


Jeffrey Epstein
[Posted as fulfillment of my duties as a member of America's Truth Forum Blog Corps]

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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Featured Comment

Yesterday Mark Alexander of A New Dark Age Is Dawning and author of The Dawning of a New Dark Age: A Collection of Essays on Islam, left the following comment here at Always On Watch:
As a non-American, but one who loves your country, four developments in America distress me. In particular, they are:

1. The growth of the power of organizations such as CAIR, and their closeness to the corridors of power there in Washington DC.

2. The growth in the number of black converts to Islam.

3. The growth in the number of Hispanics turning to Islam.

4. The unhampered financing of mosques, propagation centres, and Islamic faith schools by the Saudis.

There are many more things that make me feel uneasy, but it seems to me that if things go on as they are, then the US will become quite unrecognizable in the years ahead.
Further comments or additional concerns from readers here?

[Hat-tip to American Crusader for the idea of featuring a reader's comment. Crusader used to have "Comment of the Week" at his previous site.]

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Sunday, October 15, 2006


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Sheba, our eighteen-year-old tabby literally rescued from an alley when she was a starving and malnourished kitten, is "off her feed" as of yesterday As you can tell from this photo taken a few years ago when she was spry enough to hop up to her blanket on the living-room radiator, Sheba is devoted to her food, so her not eating is a bad sign. Often with cats, loss of appetite is the only sign that something is wrong. Cats are masters at masking their ailments! For well over a year, Sheba has, on her own, confined herself to her mat on the floor. She has truly been The McGuffey Reader's "the cat on the mat." In her dotage, also referred to as cognitive dysfunction, Sheba has been more comfortable on her mat in front of the fireplace, whether the fire is burning or not.

This morning, I managed to coax Sheba into lapping up some tuna juice, but she wasn't much interested in eating the tuna itself. What's happening could be stomach upset or something more serious.

The Old Girl is still purring, but not very enthusiastically. And she's still licking my hand, but not as aggressively as usual. My husband and I will make the decision to have Sheba euthanized if she starts showing signs of suffering. For quite a while, she has had benign tumors all over her body; she may well have these tumors internally, in her digestive tract. We've known for some time that "the bad day" is coming, but the knowing doesn't make the day any easier.

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

CAIR Watch

[Logo from this source]

Regular readers know that one of the focuses of this blog has been CAIR. An index to those articles is HERE. I've been watching CAIR for quite some time.

Recently, Joe Kaufman, an investigative journalist who sometimes publishes articles at Front Page Magazine, has put out a call asking for volunteers to report stories about CAIR.

From this source:
Since the early 80's, the terrorist organization Hamas has had a presence within the United States. Many groups connected to Hamas have come and gone. They include: the United Association for Studies and Research (UASR), the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF), the Global Relief Foundation (GRF) and KindHearts.

Another organization, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP) was shut down in 2005, after it was found liable for the murder of an American boy who was killed during a Hamas terror operation in Israel. Eleven years prior to its closure, three leaders from the IAP created the Council on American-Islamic Relations or CAIR.

CAIR Watch, a project of Americans Against Hate, was founded with the mission to expose the extremist nature and terrorist ties of CAIR, in hopes that it will be shut down, just as the others were before it. You can help in this endeavor. We need you to be our eyes and ears in your area. Events, publications, statements, and all else concerning the aforementioned are of grave importance to us.

Is there an article, blog entry or CAIR quote that we need to place on our site? Do you know of someone connected to the group that we should create a new profile for? We are open to your suggestions.

If you would like to assist us and become a CAIR Watcher, feel free to send an e-mail to us at:
Mr. Kaufman, chairman of Americans Against Hate, is scheduled to speak at the America's Truth Forum Symposium Understanding the Threat of Radical Islam Terrorism, to be held on November 10-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Details are HERE.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Autumn Is My Favorite Season

I can't take credit for taking this photo, "Fall Puddle." The credit goes to Joe Citizen.

CLICK HERE to see a larger view.

With all the ugliness in the world, don't forget to notice the beauty!

[Hat-tip to CUANAS, where I spotted this photo]

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Haven't We Been Here Before?

(All emphases by Always On Watch)

Until 9/11, I did not follow events in the Middle East. But since that day, when the daily paper arrives, I first read "World News," with focus upon recent developments in the Middle East. Many times, I have a feeling of deja vu, harkening back to the time when all I did was glance at similar headlines in the world section of the newspaper and of news magazines. Now, of course, I read entire articles instead of merely skimming over the headlines.

On the inside of the back page of the first section of the Sunday, October 8, 2006 edition of the Washington Post appeared the headline "Rice's Tour of Mideast Yields Little Progress on Key Issues." Excerpt from the article:
"LONDON, Oct. 7 -- It was a tough week for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the Middle East. On four issues pivotal to the future of the world's most volatile region, U.S. diplomatic efforts made no visible progress or came up against unexpected resistance during her five-day tour, according to Arab and Israeli officials and analysts.

"On Iraq, Arab-Israeli peace, democracy promotion and fostering a so-called moderate bloc of Arab states to stand together against militancy, Rice pressed at each of six stops for new energy or more decisive action. Many of the Arab leaders she met share U.S. fears about the region's future, but there is a growing divide even with Washington's closest allies over what needs to be done, at what pace, in what order and by whom, according to Arab officials interviewed at each stop....

"The United States and the Arab world are now engaged in a chicken-and-egg argument over what happens next. Arab governments -- including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and five oil-rich Persian Gulf sheikdoms -- all appealed to Rice to revive U.S. leadership to break deadlocks on several fronts because they have so far been unable to do it alone, Arab officials said. But Rice basically told governments at each stop that they must first take difficult steps to create conditions more conducive to greater U.S. involvement, U.S. officials said....

"The greatest pressure put on Rice at every stop was to do something to jump-start the moribund Arab-Israeli peace process, which Arab leaders almost unanimously described as the key to addressing other flash points as well. Yet Rice found herself negotiating some of the same issues she was engaged in last November...

"Senior Arab officials and analysts also said U.S. efforts to promote democracy and foster an anti-militant bloc were contradictory, because the moderates the United States is trying to rally against radical Islamic groups are some of region's most autocratic governments...."
Most of the above seems so familiar to me. Over and over again, hopes for peace have come to naught or have been dashed shortly after much lauded peace accords. Do we really believe that Muslim resistance to the path to peace is "unexpected," and are we actually shocked when diplomatic overtures result in "no visible progress"? And should that impasse continue to be laid at the feet of the United States or of Israel?

Character Ishmael, from Leon Uris's The Haj (page 14):
"So before I was nine I had learned the basic canon of Arab life. It was me against my brother; me and my brother against our father; my father against my cousins and the clan; the clan against the tribe; and the tribe against the world. And all of us against the infidel."

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The Amish Are Accepting Donations

According to this article,
Though the Amish generally do not accept help from outside their community, King [of Mennonite Disaster Service] quoted an Amish bishop as saying, "We are not asking for funds. In fact, it's wrong for us to ask. But we will accept them with humility."
[Hat-tip to Raven]

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Mir To Speak At November Symposium On Terrorism

Upcoming Symposium on Terrorism

When? November 10-11, 2006

Where? Las Vegas, Nevada

Below is the press release from America's Truth Forum:
Hamid Mir, the only journalist to have interviewed Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahri since the attacks of September 11, 2001, will be the keynote speaker at a symposium addressing the origins and threat of terrorism presented by America’s Truth Forum, a grassroots, non-partisan, educational organization.

The symposium, titled, Understanding the Threat of Radical Islamist Terrorism, is scheduled to take place on November 11, 2006 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The symposium is open to the public. Tickets are $150 per attendee and require advanced purchase due to security protocol.

Mr. Mir, a journalist from Pakistan, founding editor of Daily Ausaf Islamabad and Bureau Chief of Islamabad for GEO-TV, is Osama bin Laden’s officially sanctioned biographer. Mr. Mir brings to the symposium first-hand knowledge, gained through his interviews with the world’s most wanted terrorist, of al Qaeda’s nuclear capability, an in-depth knowledge of al Qaeda and Taliban operations in both Pakistan and Afghanistan, evidence of Iranian support – both financial and strategic – for the Taliban and al Qaeda and an intimate knowledge of the ideology that fuels the mind of Osama bin Laden. Mr. Mir was recently captured and released by Hezbollah during the recent 34 day war between Lebanese Hezbollah and Israel.

Mr. Mir joins a panel of internationally recognized counterterrorism experts for day-long educational symposium.

America’s Truth Forum launches the symposium on Friday evening with a VIP Pre-Symposium Reception on November 10, 2006. Those in attendance will be provided the unique opportunity to personally interact with our speakers and other "prominent" guests. Tickets for the VIP Pre-Symposium Reception are $109.00 per attendee. Again, tickets need to be purchased in advance due to security protocol

For information and to purchase tickets: or email or call Jeffrey Epstein at (866) 709-3474.

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Friday, October 06, 2006

Why I'm So Quiet Lately: Part Two

Part One is HERE.

Nothing much has changed, except that I now have a diagnosis: sciatica. At long last, I'm properly medicated and ordered to undergo two types of physical rehabilitation — physical therapy (According to Stephen King, "PT stands for pain and torture") and medical, therapeutic, and relaxation massage.

I've already been warned by my neurologist that the PT is going to be painful. But pain is relative. For months now, I've been pushing a Number 10 on the Pain Scale.

The medication I'm taking produces mild euphoria. I can use that!

My neurologist is hopeful that I can make a good recovery because I'm "in good shape." All that country upbringing and years of power-walking built strong muscles and bones. But my recovery will take time. I'll be blogging and making blog rounds as I am able to do so.

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Historical Context: Article And Video

Commentary from the October 1, 2006 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

One Last Thing: Post-9/11 conflicts rooted in history

It's not just Afghanistan, Iraq and a "war on terror." It's the West vs. the Islamic world, a clash that has never abated.

By Jonathan Last

Soon after 9/11, the Bush administration labeled the conflict into which it plunged this country the "war on terror." But this is no more descriptive than calling the fight in Iraq a "war on IEDs." The more pressing question is: Are we, or are we not, engaged in a larger clash of civilizations?

If the answer is "We are," the clash long predates 9/11, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and George W. Bush. It predates America itself. It is a clash between Western civilization and the Islamic world.

Harvard professor Samuel Huntington first made this case in 1993, in his famous article "The Clash of Civilizations" in the journal Foreign Affairs. "Conflict along the fault line between Western and Islamic civilizations has been going on for 1,300 years," he wrote. After the founding of Islam, Muslims spread their faith by the sword. Islam conquered North Africa and pushed into Europe, where it ruled in Sicily, Spain, Portugal, and parts of France. Twice, the forces of Islam laid siege to Vienna. For 1,000 years, Islam advanced and Christendom retreated.

As Pope Benedict XVI explains in his book Without Roots, the very concept of "Europe" emerged as a reaction to the surge of Islam. Not until the failure of the second Turkish siege of Vienna in 1683 did the Islamic tide recede definitively. For the next 300 years, Western civilization was ascendant and the Islamic world stagnated.

But the conflict between the two cultures never fully abated. Throughout the 20th century, Western countries tussled with Islamic states or their non-state proxies. And, as columnist Mark Steyn points out, when you gaze at conflicts around the globe today, the one constant is Islam. Muslims are fighting, or have recently fought, Jews in the Mideast, Hindus in Kashmir, Christians in Nigeria, atheists in Russia, Buddhists in Thailand and Burma, Catholics in the Philippines, and Orthodox Christians in the Balkans.

Some argue that these conflicts arise not from a clash of civilizations, but from specific grievances, such as the West's support of Israel. This is an unsatisfactory argument. In his 1990 essay "The Roots of Muslim Rage," professor Bernard Lewis pointed out: "The French have left Algeria, the British have left Egypt, the Western oil companies have left their oil wells, the westernizing shah has left Iran, yet the generalized resentment of the fundamentalists... against the West and its friends remains and grows and is not appeased."

The cause of conflict is not what the West does, but what the West is. Lewis gives two examples. When Israel was first founded, U.S. support was less than wholehearted. Instead, it was the Soviet Union that, through its proxy Czechoslovakia, sent Israelis arms to defend themselves in their first war. In 1956, the United States intervened to help force the British and French out of Egypt. Still, through the '50s and '60s, the Muslim world joined with the Soviets in resenting America.

In November 1979, Islamic terrorists took control of the Great Mosque in Mecca. In Islamabad, a Muslim mob was outraged. The response was to attack and burn - the U.S. Embassy. If Western opinion on the clash is divided, many Islamic voices are quite candid on the subject.

"The war with Israel is not about a treaty, a cease-fire agreement, Sykes-Picot borders, national zeal, or disputed borders," Ayman al-Zawahiri explained this year. "It is rather a jihad for the sake of God until the religion of God is established."

Zawahiri, of course, is an al-Qaeda leader. But the views of other Islamic leaders sound similar.

"Let the entire world hear me. Our hostility to the Great Satan is absolute," Hezbollah's Hassan Nasrallah said in 2002. "Death to America will remain our reverberating and powerful slogan."

Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad proclaimed in 2005: "[We] will soon experience a world without the United States, and Zionism and will breathe in the brilliant time of Islamic sovereignty over today's world."

"It is not the world against Iraq. It is the West against Islam," wrote Safar Al-Hawali, dean of Islamic Studies at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca. This last quote, however, is not from 2003 - it is from 1990, and Hawali was speaking about the first Gulf War.

Two lessons and three caveats here. Lesson one: When we face horrors such as the Beslan school massacre, the assassination of Theo van Gogh, the bombings in Bali, or the beheading of Daniel Pearl, we are seeing not a response to this policy or that action, but the latest episode in a long, historic struggle. Second: No matter how frightening, sometimes you must take your adversaries at their word.

First caveat: Appearances can deceive, and even the wise can be wrong. Second, even if this is a clash, it still could be short-circuited via unforseen events (such as the invention of a hydrogen fuel cell, or the rise of a great Muslim teacher who persuades millions to reject fundamentalism).

Finally, as Lewis writes:

"There is something in the religious culture of Islam which inspired, in even the humblest peasant or peddler, a dignity and a courtesy toward others never exceeded and rarely equaled in other civilizations."

If we accept that this is a clash between civilizations, two questions face us: How does this change our thinking? And the painful one: What do we do about it?
Contact Jonathan V. Last at
For a short visual representation of the history of Islam's expansion, watch the following video (Click on center arrow, then on the arrow on the lower left):

[Hat-tip to Brooke for alerting me to this video]

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

So Much For Academic Freedom

"'I will have to move homes and live somewhere else, where I will now be forced to remain anonymous in my own country [France],' he said."

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