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School’s out for ever.

Posted by Exile on April 30, 2006

(My apologies to Alice Cooper).

Having read last week that a school in Malmö, Sweden, had to close because of the disruptive muslim behaviour, I foolishly thought that this was a ‘one-off’ affair and not really reflective of the state of European schools. Generally, I may be correct, but I found a disturbing article in the Times concerning a German school in the town of Rütli. Similar things are going on there. And who’s at the bottom of it? Well, according to one female teacher:

“They turn up without pens or books,” she added of her pupils, most of them the children of immigrants from Turkey or the Arab world. “They fight, they set off fireworks, they kick in doors. There’s no point in trying to teach. If you hang up a poster, they tear it down.”

The children of immigrants from Turkey or the Arab world. Why does this not surprise me? Worse than that, what can possibly be gained by disrupting a school? Without education, their chances of getting a good job or career are about zero. Integration? Forget it. Disintegration is more the bench mark here.

Her fellow teachers — all native Germans — feel the same way and have begged the government to close the Rütli school. “We’re completely exhausted,” they wrote in an open letter. “More teachers are off sick than students. This is a sign of unbearable pressure.”
Their plight has pushed the subject of Germany’s immigrant community to the top of the political agenda.

The article goes on to describe these young thugs as being the children and grandchildren of immigrant workers from the 60’s.

The country is struggling to integrate the immigrants already there. The children and grandchildren of 1960s “guest workers” often speak little German and have limited chances of finding a job. Unemployment among immigrants is 26%. Their chances of discovering a role model are just as remote. “School for them,” said Petra Eggebrecht, former director of the Rütli school, “is simply a place to fight for peer recognition, where young criminals become idols.”

Note, former director.
How can one be a third generation individual and yet only speak little of the language? That speaks volumes about the will to integrate. It would appear that the problems we are having today with unassimilated immigrants were already being fostered 40 odd years ago. How is that possible? I only lived in Germany for two years, yet spoke the language more or less fluently before I left. It only took me six months in Denmark. Am I a special case? No. Just willing to get on with life, wherever I may be. So where do we lay the blame for this dissention amongst these ingrates?

Government officials argue that Germany must absorb its immigrants rather than isolate them in ghettos where they may fall prey to Islamic fundamentalist groups. “The government sees it as a security issue,” said Tanja Wunderlich, an immigration researcher for the German Marshall Fund think tank.

Germany must absorb it’s immigrants? Rather than isolate them in ghettos? What unadulterated social-democratic liberalist nonsense. I would imagine, that after 40 years in a country where a good living is easily made if you really want to, you are not compelled to live in a ghetto. Germany has absorbed it’s immigrants. It is the immigrants that won’t integrate as far as I can see. There are forty years of history here to prove my point.

One can dislike the governments of Holland and Denmark for having tightened their immigration laws. The EU is critical of both lands. We demand a certain commitment from these people. Unfortunately the social democrats and their ilk haven’t entirely grasped that we need stringent laws to stop this pervasive and subtle invasion that is slowly destroying Europe. I read a post from Anti-Dhimmi on the Swedish problem and the demands from muslims for special treatment under the law, or indeed for the laws to be re-written in that country to “accomodate” the muslim poulation. No. This is wrong. Let the law of common sense rule here. There is only one law, and it is valid for the entire population. There can be no exceptions. As Anti-dhimmi wrote:

Don’t like it here?

Then get the f**k out.

It really is that simple. And take your ignorant, violent, foul-mouthed and ill-behaved youngsters with you.

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Nice beach. Any muslims?

Posted by Exile on April 29, 2006

One good thing to come out of the Mohammed cartoon affair was the shock wave that went through Denmark when pictures of the flag-burnings rolled over the TV screens. One thing not to do to the danes, is burn their flag. Embassies? OK, we can rebuild them, but flag-burning is definitely out. If anything was going to raise danish awareness of the global jihad, this was it. Outrage and dismay. Add to that a boycott of our goods, and you have a bad case of high dudgeon.
Time passes, and now is the time where the scandinavians start thinking about their holidays. Lots of danes used to go to Egypt, and Morocco, and Turkey, and Tunesia. Not any more. After the cartoon affair and the recent bombing in Egypt, people are cancelling and re-scheduling their holidays.

The big travel agents in Denmark are feeling the pinch. The traditional european destinations are over-booked, and the more exotic are neglected. The danes are not going to put their hard earned money into the hands of flag-burning hooligans and suicidal thugs.
Sales directør Stig Elling from Star Tours, one of the major travel firms says:

“…after the cartoon caper and the bombings in several muslim countries, it is important for us to find holiday destinations where there are no muslims. We are on the hunt for muslim-free areas. This partly why we are booking holidays for people on Cap Verde. There are no muslims there and there is little criminality.”

This is backed up by Ulla Jepsen from the Atlantis travel bureau.

We have recognised, that we can no longer send 95% of our customers to Egypt. We are loking at new places like Tuscany and will be promoting new destinations in South East Asia in the coming winter program.

So it would appear that at least the danes have woken up and are showing their dipleasure with the orient by boycotting them as holiday hosts. It’s payback time! They are looking toward places like Cap Verde in the atlantic south of the Canaries, South-east Asia and new locations inside Europe.

One question does spring to my mind though. Why on earth would anybody want to go to a predominantly islamic land for a holiday anyway? No booze, no bareness on the beach, no pork, say goodbye to bacon and egg breakfast…

You get the picture.

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Wishful thinking.

Posted by Exile on April 28, 2006

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Spanish bull

Posted by Exile on April 27, 2006

Enter the matador! Trumpets blazing and a flurry with the cape.
Well, not really. But the mentality is the same. An article from The Associated Press caught my wandering eye, concerning the former Spanish Prime Minister Senõr Jose Maria Aznar and his statements while writing for the Jerusalem Issue Brief series of the Jerusalem-based Institute for Contemporary Affairs.

“.. it is imperative to defend our values and way of life against a new threat: Islamic extremism and terrorism.”

Hello, what’s this? Finally a politician, albeit retired, speaking out plainly against “Islamic extremism and terrorism” My, my. I never thought I’d see the day.
But he didn’t stop there. How are we to do this? Here’s how.

.. transform NATO from a military alliance against the now-extinct Eastern bloc into a force that can counter the current threat”, he wrote, “NATO must refocus itself on fighting terror, the major threat today. Indeed, this is an existential threat.”
Aznar wrote that the alliance, formed in the aftermath of World War II to counter the rise of the Soviet Union and its allies, must shift away from its geographic definition and “widen its membership, open its doors to those nations that share our values, that defend them on the ground, and that are willing to join in the fight against jihadism. Thus, NATO should invite Japan, Australia and Israel to become full members.”

Not a bad idea. This would definitely up the ante for Iran and the other rogue states out there. It would also reduce the endless and inevitable UN bureaucracy in times of necessary positive action because the UN would be firmly on the sidelines instead of in the forefront – wobbly and toothless as ever. The US and Great Britain would not have to be so isolated, as they so often have been, the French would be more or less obliged to toe the line and the cost would be spread over a greater area. Gathering the troops would no longer be a question of endless begging for support. They would be there almost immediately. All for one, one for all. Attack one of us, and you attack us all.
He continued to wave the cape:

“NATO must come to terms with the new strategic realities, that we are at war, because our foes have declared it upon us. They could be hiding in a cave far away, but their vision is crystal clear. They want to recreate the caliphate from Spain to the Philippines. They want a fundamentalist reading of Islam to be the ruling law.”
“Furthermore, we must understand that jihadism is a global movement in its scope, with different levels of expression, from car bombs to radical sermons in mosques, Internet sites, and TV stations.”

(Not to mention suicide bombing, sharia and the other things i find so repugnant.)

I kinda like this guy.
It makes you wonder what they would be saying if the politically correct would wake up and smell the PC dung-pile for what it is.
His final statement made the whole thing seem reasonable to me. For that reason, I will bring it here and let him finish this blog without further comment from me.

Olé. And Amen to this:

“The West cannot fight this radical tide without Israel. Israelis might decide that for their own security they had better follow the traditional policy of relying just on themselves. But Islamic extremism is more a tsunami than a tide, and in front of this powerful force we had better stand together.”

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I am not a racist.

Posted by Exile on April 26, 2006

And I object strongly to being called one.
This rant, I hope, will explain my stance.
Let us start with the Oxford english dictionary:

1.The belief that race accounts for differences in human character or ability and that a particular race is superior to others.
2. Discrimination or prejudice based on race.

1. I do not “believe” as stated in the former definition. I believe all men are equal.We are all equally “human”.
2. A man’s nationality, colour or appearance does not cause my antagonism nor will I discriminate against him or treat him differently from anyone else.
So, by the definition provided by the foremost authority on the english language, I am not a racist.

Let’s try looking up racism:

• noun
1. The belief that there are characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to each race.
2. Discrimination against or antagonism towards other races.
— DERIVATIVES: racist – noun & adjective.

Again, I have to say, that I do not fall into either of these categories. I refer to my former defense. I am not guilty of racism.

So what brought this on? Well, someone called me a racist. Why? Probably because I am not shy about denouncing and vilifying muslim terrorists who bomb, kill, rape, plunder, maim, kidnap and usurp the civilisations that they can’t emulate, in the name of Islam.
This is another man’s definition of “racism”? I beg to differ.

Yes, I am intolerant of this despicable and loathsome behaviour.
Yes, I do point the finger and say “islamic terrorist”.
Yes, I loathe and despise “islamism”.

But hear me now. There is no race of Islam. There is no race called “muslim“. Just as there is no race of catholics, jews, buddhists, protestants, sikhs, hindus or wiccans. These are all religious convictions and not particular to nationality, colour or appearance. They are not races.

I may be an intolerant, anti-islamic european. I may be an “islamophobe”. That is my choice and mine alone, by my own conviction, to make.

But don’t call me a racist. “Race” has nothing to do with it.

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Talking Turkey…!

Posted by Exile on April 24, 2006

I often go and visit MEMRI, the Middle East Media Research Institute. They give me an analysis of the eastern press and tip me off as to what’s being said by whom and about what. Today’s little (not so little) eyecatcher busies itself with the apparent crumbling of the US’ trust in Turkey and Turkey’s growing anti-americanism.
The American-Turkish Council’s annual conference, which took place in Washington, D.C. in late March 2006, reflected the current chill in Turkish-U.S. relations. Both sides are unhappy with each others performance. This harks back to the start of the Iraq war when the Turks refused to allow US soldiers to egress through Turkey to aid the invasion. I thought this was a bit strange at the time, Turkey being a NATO member.
The visit by Hamas to Turkey wasn’t the sharpest of moves by the turkish government either. The rebuttal being, that Turkey believes that the US is talking to the PKK, the kurdish separitist movement, so why shouldn’t they talk to Hamas? Apparently there was a bit of row over this and everyone ended up with a bit of egg on their faces.
Another bone of contention was the showing and wide approval (in Turkey) of the film,”Valley of the Wolves”, and the reaction of PM Erdogan’s wife, who went to the premiere and called the film “moving and very lifelike”.

PM Erdogan’s own reaction to the film?

It is noteworthy that in a recent interview with Robert Pollock of The Wall Street Journal, PM Erdogan refrained from condemning, or even criticizing, this “religiously and racially divisive” film that depicts Americans “murdering and dismembering Iraqis, to steal their organs for Jewish markets.” Instead, Erdogan justified the making of this film, and its popularity, by saying that it was “based on media reports” and “TV images.

(I don’t actually remember seeing that on CNN. Or the Beeb. Must have been one of those days where I was out doing something other than watching the TV. I don’t seem to have read anything about american soldiers dismembering iraqis either. Hmmm.. now how did I miss that? Oh well, onward ho..)

All of the above brought forth this comment:

Despite 50 years of strategic Turkey-U.S. alliance, ever since the AKP came to power Turkish polls have shown continued erosion of these relations. A recent study found that the vast majority of Turks harbor anti-American sentiment and see the U.S. as a major threat to Turkey.

So the average opinion of the average Joe Turk is that the US is a threat to Turkey.
Now why is that?

The turks don’t like having to face up to their own past mistakes or misdeeds. They are reluctant to discuss the Armenian massacre, they invaded Cyprus, they are Greece’s arch enemy, they do not like the kurds and now they do not like the infidel yankee any more either. So how long is it before they begin to dislike the the rest of the EU, apart from just Greece? Despite their overtures toward the EU they are dragging their feet on reforms. They appear to support Hamas, and they are now falling back on the old islamic prejudice and “reason-for-everything-wrong”, wait for it…:

AKP Party Deputy Chairman and MP Saban Disli said that the incident was a provocation by the Jewish lobby. […] ‘There is an attempt to create an atmosphere that relations with the U.S. are severed, that they are finished. The Jewish lobby is behind all this.'”

So there we have it. Again, it is a Jewish plot. I knew it. The truth is, as far as I can see, that Turkey is fast on the road to becoming the next Islamic state. That would give rise to the opinion that the US is the greatest threat to Turkey.

And they want to join the EU?

No, I say. A thousand times no. They are not, they never will be, nor should they ever be allowed to be assimilated into the EU. And while we’re at it, let’s exclude them from NATO too, before it’s too late to stop them selling us out to their Islamic brethren.

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    The start of civil war in Palestine?

    Posted by Exile on April 22, 2006

    I saw it on the BBC World news and clapped my hands. Fatah supporters and Hamas supporters going for each other with guns blazing. Couldn’t be better.
    The Israeli press picked it up and I went straight to Haaretz.com to see what they have to say.

    Supporters of the rival Fatah and Hamas groups exchanged gunfire and hurled firebombs at each other on Saturday after Hamas’s political chief accused Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah of being a traitor.
    Dozens of Palestinian
    protesters were wounded in the clashes, the worst between the groups in several months. Fighting began when student supporters of the factions hurled stones at one another outside Gaza universities and intensified when gunmen joined in.

    Medics said 20 people were wounded. Police forces were unable to control the hours-long clashes, witnesses said.

    Now that’s what I call progress.

    Visit Haaretz and read the article for background and information.

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    More on the Russo-Iranian conection

    Posted by Exile on April 22, 2006

    After thinking a bit more about Russia and Iran and the eventual outcome of the Iranian nuclear project, I kept surfing. I visited a site called Ransac.org and found a few other briefs prepared by various authors. All emphasis is my own.

    Here’s what I found concerning statements by russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov..

    Obviously Lavrov is trying to balance Russia’s need for a friendly anti-American Iran with pressure from Washington and Moscow’s own opposition to Iran’s nuclearization. On a broader level he and Putin are aiming to reassert Russia as an independent actor and counterweight to the United States in the Middle East so that Moscow cannot be excluded from the regional security agenda. This broader stance is evident in two moves announced over the weekend of April 14-16. One is that Russia will subsidize Hamas in the Palestine Authority, even though Washington and the EU have stopped doing so, and second the Kremlin has invited the United States, EU, and members of the UN Security Council to hold a meeting of deputy foreign ministers in Moscow on April 18.

    Russian Defense minister….

    Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov has stated that Iran has no ICBMs and Chief of Staff Colonel-General Yuri Baluyevsky added that Iran does not even have the capacity to build nuclear weapons and could not threaten Russia with its missiles. Moreover they and their supporters soothingly say that, in any case, Iran has not enriched enough uranium to make a weapon and that it would need to get the uranium from Russia. Since the Ministry and Ivanov’s predecessors often said the same thing about North Korea and few believe that the DPRK does not now have at least a handful of nuclear weapons, this appears to be an attempt to defy Washington and say that this is a crisis created by Washington to advance unilateral regime change in Iran, a line reflected in Krasnaya zvezda, the Ministry’s newspaper, and by several pundits like Sergei Markov. Indeed President Putin’s representative for terrorism, Anatoly Safonov dismissed statements that Iran is behind international terrorism as having no basis in fact.

    Several pundits clearly dispute this and call Iran’s missiles a threat to Russia as well. It is now becoming very clear that Moscow’s room for maneuver on the Iran issue is narrowing and that its efforts to play an independent anti-U.S. role in the Middle East by supplying Iran with technology, know-how, reactors, and conventional weapons are generating a situation that puts its interests at considerable risk. Indeed, Russia’s past policies may have now rebounded, as many analysts at home and abroad have warned would happen. Veteran analysts like George Mirsky have cited the fact that Russian foreign policy is made not at the Ministry but in the Presidential chancellery and made by people who wish to recreate an imperial Russian superpower against the United States.

    Makes me think. Not that I am worried about Russia regaining its former status, just that I don’t want to see a beligerant Islamist Iran gaining it.

    Go visit Ransac and take a peek.

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    The Russo-Iranian connection

    Posted by Exile on April 21, 2006

    I came across an interesting short blog from Villagers with torches today. It noted the agreement between Russia and Iran.

    At the end of 2005, Russia concluded a $700-million contract on the delivery of 29 Tor M1 air defense systems to Iran.
    The Tor-M1 is a fifth-generation integrated mobile air defense system designed for operation at medium, low and very low altitudes against fixed/rotary wing aircraft, UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicle), guided missiles and other high-precision weapons.
    Despite strong criticism from the United States, Russia has maintained that the systems could be used only to protect Iran’s air space.

    This set me off wondering how or why the russians are so keen to support Iran in the first place. Purely to spite the US, NATO and all the other capitalists who won the cold war, or for other reasons?
    Well, you gotta dig a bit. So I tried a bit of targeted surfing using ‘russo-Iranian’ and bingo. A whole plethora of information rolled off the Google search engine.
    Remember Iranian president Mohamad Khatami? He was the ‘moderate’ before the madman. He had a nice little agreement with our good man Putin, allowing the russians to build the Bushehr nuclear plant. Cost? USD. 780,000,000. Big investment. Not only that, Mother Russia would also provide the fuel rods and take away the garbage. So that is not new. In 2002, the two countries rounded off their business with Iran ordering 5 more reactors and plants, total price now up in the order of between 4 and 6 billion USD. I wonder if Putin has collected the cash yet?

    Methinks not.

    Russia is also interested i developing her oil business. Maybe she sees Iran as a partner in developing the oil technology and perhaps the chance to export oil through Iran? This can’t be ruled out.
    I am not going to rewrite what is an otherwise astute evaluation by a certain Dr. Mark Smith who wrote a lengthy report on these issues. Read the PDF file from the defense academy in the UK. It makes interesting reading.

    The next place I visited was Global Security.
    Bushehr is the primary source of our worries right now, so it seemed logical to research it a little. See what we’re talking about.

    The focus of a considerable amount of controversy in the United States, the nuclear facility at Bushehr, Iran is being built under an agreement between the Russian and Iranian governments for $800-million.
    Although originally intended to be the location of a German-built reactor in the 1970s, the new reactor will be built to Russian designs, though the original reactor buildings exterior appearance will remain essentially the same. There are two reactors at Bushehr, one is in an advanced stage of completion the other has not been worked on for some time and is not currently scheduled to be completed.

    Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, though it has not ratified two additional protocols to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Program 93 + 2, which is designed to prevent states from developing nuclear weapons covertly despite IAEA inspections as Iraq was able to do prior to the Gulf War. Iran maintains that it will not ratify 93 + 2 due to it being denied civilian nuclear technology for Bushehr, despite its positive record with the IAEA.
    Nuclear power industry contacts between Iran and Russia are based on the intergovernmental agreements of 25 August 1992, on cooperation in the civil use of nuclear energy and in the construction of a nuclear power plant in Iran.

    All that is pretty straight forward but it predates the reigning loony president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The picture changed when he came along. Put him together with the leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, and you have trouble. And don’t forget that they didn’t, nor have they, ratified 93+2. The really troubling bit is the last comment on the Global security page.

    President Mohammad Khatami said on 23 December 2002 that Iran was committed to its obligations and had no intention to develop nuclear weapons. He said that Iran’s willingness to send spent fuel back to Russia showed that it did not want to use it for weapons, since the nuclear waste from Bushire plant would be taken to Russia for safekeeping.

    But we now know that is nonsense. The Iranians rejected it weeks ago.
    Read on.

    According to Paul Leventhal of the Nuclear Control Institute, if Iran were to withdraw from the Nonproliferation Treaty and renounce the agreement with Russia, the Bushehr reactor could produce a quarter ton of plutonium per year, which Leventhal says is enough for at least 30 atomic bombs.

    (My emphasis).

    Is anybody now not worried?

    Russia doesn’t need to have nukes pointed at the west anymore. Putin can let the Iranians do it for him. He can’t increase his own nuclear arsenal so he means to ally himself with Iran. Worth thinking about.

    Perhaps that’s ultimately why the russians are supporting Iran.

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    Wanted: Good home for vicious animal. Any takers?

    Posted by Exile on April 20, 2006

    Anyone who keeps themselves more or less informed of what is going on around the world will know that former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor is due to face charges of crimes against humanity. The trial is currently scheduled to be heard in the SCSL (Special Court of Sierra Leone) but talks are on to get it moved to the Hague for security reasons.

    The Hague will take the trial but doesn’t want Taylor hanging around afterwards. The problem is, what do you do with Taylor if he is found guilty?
    Obviously he is destined for incarceration somewhere, but where? Nobody wants him. The US is leading the search for his future accomodation and has tried Sweden and Austria. They refused. The pressure is now on for Denmark to take him.

    Not a good idea.

    Danish prisons are no more than hotels with a fence. The only reason for not escaping is that life is pleasant and comfortable inside. Security is a joke. The idea being, that if prisons are uncomfortable and escape-proof, then the inmates will turn on the guards. Can’t have that sort of thing going on in Denmark, now can we?
    The record isn’t good either.
    The last man to be under ‘high security house arrest’ was an Iraqi general.
    Former Iraqi Chief of Staff Nizar al-Khazraji, suspected of leading a massacre on Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980’s. He was placed under house arrest in Denmark pending an official investigation of his role in the attack. Despite being under police surveillance, he abruptly disappeared shortly before the US-led invasion of Iraq. He managed to leave not just his house but left the country. Last seen in Syria.

    Putting a monster of Taylor’s calibre in a danish prison would be like putting Zacarias Moussaoui in the local Hilton and asking the doorman to keep an eye out for him if he tries to leave.

    The danish parliament is split on this. Jyllands Posten commented:

    ..government ally, the Danish People’s Party (DF), called the request ‘expensive and dangerous’. They said the country should be wary of accepting Taylor, given its bad track record housing other war crimes suspects.
    ‘There’s no doubt that a man like Taylor poses a major security risk,’ said MP Kim Christensen. ‘Denmark isn’t a country that can house a criminal of Taylor’s calibre.’
    Representatives from opposition parties said the country should accept Taylor if it was requested to do so.

    I had a thought. If Turkey wants to gain a bit of goodwill and curry favour with the EU, they might be interested in having him. I’ve heard their jails are pretty tough!

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