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Archive for July, 2006

Great moments in history. 2006.

Posted by Exile on July 23, 2006

The Iranian fashion designer, Ali Abu Abubu, reveals his latest collection of daring modern swimwear for the ladies of the veil.

The catalogue is in cartoon form, as no suitable models could found.

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I thought everyone should see this.

Posted by Exile on July 22, 2006

One Muslim terrorist and one more Muslim.

Make a nice couple, don’t they?

Almost brothers.

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Dhimmitude at its best.

Posted by Exile on July 22, 2006

I read this disgraceful article in The Times. Obviously written by a fawning dhimmi leftist, I felt I had to comment it at The Times and here on my own site. I would like to take the author to task here on one or two points.
Excuse me while I clear my throat.

The shocking silence from No 10.
Mary Ann Sieghart

Blair’s tacit support for Israel’s grossly disproportionate actions sends the wrong message.

It is a case of the Blair that didn’t bark. Why hasn’t the Prime Minister publicly condemned the Israeli attacks on Lebanon and Gaza? Most British — and many Israeli — citizens are horrified when they see the devastation wreaked by Israeli bombings. There were 80 such raids in the early hours of yesterday alone. By late afternoon, some 327 civilians had died in Lebanon, compared with 34 Israelis. Go figure, as they say.
If this is a proportionate response, I’m a satsuma. Even the most hardline supporters of Israel, who justifiably point to the country’s right to defend itself against attacks from Hezbollah, must by now have come to realise that the “overkill” will have the opposite of its desired effect. For every member of Hezbollah who dies, another ten will be recruited to its cause. The world will be full of sympathy for the benighted residents of Lebanon who had thought, at last, that their country had secured itself a stable, peaceful democratic future. Half a million of them have been forced from their homes because two Israeli soldiers were taken hostage. That hardly looks like justice.

I don’t care about the “disproportionate” losses. Perhaps Ms. Sieghart has forgotten to include all those israelis that have been killed by suicide bombers in the years leading up to this. I do object to the terminology concerning the casualties. Lebanese casualties are “civilians”. Israeli casualties are “israelis”. Are we then to suppose that the israeli casualties are not civilians? Or that all israelis are part of the military?
Again we have this “For every member of Hezbollah who dies, another ten will be recruited” arguement. I don’t agree. I think we may deter just as many when they find out that they will be attacked and killed because of their actions. Many will even abandon the whole business.
And finally, justice has nothing to do with it. Let’s not forget who crossed who’s border and abducted its citizens. That is an act of war. That should never be. The Lebanese had their chance to return them, but failed by default.

She continues:

Mr Blair, by his silence, seems to be endorsing the US line: allow Israel at least another week to take action against Hezbollah before any calls for a ceasefire are made. He would doubtless argue that, unless he is supportive of the Israelis publicly, he will have no traction with them privately. Yet there are two big problems with this approach.
First, the UK has little traction with Israel anyway. Mr Blair had a frank private conversation with the Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, when he visited Britain last month. It doesn’t seem to have done much good.
Secondly, and more importantly, Mr Blair’s silence is sending a strong message to the world’s — and particularly Britain’s — Muslim community. By failing to condemn Israel’s overreaction, he is allying himself with those acts. What more powerful ammunition could there be for the radicalisers of Britain’s young Muslims? “Your Government doesn’t care about you and your fellow believers. You need to take action to defend them in this noble cause.”

(My emphasis.)
I think Tony Blair and George W. Bush are realists. They know what is going on and justify it as being appropriate. Lebanon has done nothing to rid itself of Hezbollah. The Un has done nothing either. Israel is defending itself against terrorists on its doorstep. They have been there for years and have frequently attacked a peaceful Israel. What would they expect a sovereign land to do? And by the author’s own admission, quote: “the UK has little traction with Israel anyway”, and that conversation between Blair and Olmert ” doesn’t seem to have done much good.”, then I would assume that, having been tried, the debate is now closed.

My greatest indignation comes at the final part of this extract of Ms. Sieghart’s article. This is tantamount to inviting a Muslim riot in Britain and giving them the justification for so doing. It is a blatant act of Dhimmitude and at the very least, cowardly. I realise a lot has changed since I left, but to assume that Great Britain would tailor it’s foreign policy to suit the needs of a minority of the population based solely on that minority’s religion is ridiculous. The implication that the Hezbollah, or its “cause”, is in any way noble, is equally outrageous.

Follow the link at the top of this page to read the whole preposterous article, and read the comments too. It gives insight as to how people are reacting to both the article and the war in Lebanon.

Hopefully Ms. Sieghart has booked passage to Lebanon or Iran.

I’m sure her burkha will fit in better there than in Great Britain.

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We are at war already!

Posted by Exile on July 22, 2006

Terrible news but it’s true.
The western world is already at war with the middle east. Our politicians know this but they won’t admit it. We have been at this war for hundreds of years but it is going to peak soon and become public. The end game has to start soon.
How do I know? Well, let’s take a look at our recent history and track record concerning the area.

Kuwait was invaded by Iraq. A ‘coalition’ of countries went there and drove the Iraqis out. Which countries made up the coalition? Discounting Saudi, all western countries. Saudi only joined in because they feared they may be next.

Saddam Hussein gets to be too much. A ‘coalition’ of countries goes to Iraq and deposes him. Which countries made up the coalition? All western countries. Note the turks wouldn’t join in as they secretly supported Saddam on the kurdish question.

Now there is talk of a new ‘coalition’ to go to the Lebanon and “keep the peace”. (What peace?) Who do you suppose will make up the coalition?

Do I see a pattern emerging here?

The next piece of evidence of war between us and the middle east is the constant and continuing terrorist activity directed at the western world. Who do you suppose is attacking us? Not the jews. Not the hindus. Not the buddhists. Discounting the various christian factions, who’s left? And where do they come from?
Of those arrested and convicted for terrorist acts, what are their nationalities and religions?

I think I can see the pattern there very clearly.

Has the time not come, where we should abandon the pretence of peace in the world and take the consequences of this state of affairs? Israel is doing in miniature what we should be doing globally. Is it not time to mobilise all the troops we can muster, all the technology we can bring to the field, and go after the islamic arab world with all that we have and utterly obliterate the Irans, Syrias, Yemens, Saudis and other beligerant nations that have declared war on us by proxy and continue to fund, feed, arm and support their guerilla troops all over the world?

I think so. One big hoo-ha and it would over in weeks.

I love disproportionate action, and I think we are all ready for it.
I know I am.

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More brilliant planning from the UN.

Posted by Exile on July 21, 2006

Kofi Anan has produced his plan to stop the fighting in Lebanon. Details are not available right now, but the main content goes something like this:

The two kidnapped soldiers must be released.
A peacekeeping force will be inserted on the Israel – Lebanon border.
An international conference to be set up with the mission to ensure that the UN’s resolutions be carried out.
The resolution includes the disarmament and disolution of Hizbollah.
The establishment of a system whereby donors can give money to the Lebanon for rebuilding and further development.

Hmm, where have I heard all this before? Oh yes, I remember.

Resolution 1559. The disarmament of Hizbollah. Like, two years ago…

The UN peacekeepingforce in Lebanon (UNFIL) has been there for 28 years without effect already….

An international conference? What about the UN security council? And, by the way, just how is a conference going to achieve a military goal? By talking Hizbollah into submission?
I don’t think so.

Monetary aid? They receive billions already.

And if I remember rightly, there are three soldiers missing. One in Gaza, two in “The Leb”.

So hey, what else is new Kofi?

Hasn’t he realised yet, that all this has been tried before with no result?

There is only one way to deal with Hizbollah. And the UN will never do it.
Leave it alone Kofi.

The Israelis are getting the job done where you couldn’t.

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Free holiday, anyone?

Posted by Exile on July 20, 2006

As a taxpayer, paying some of the highest taxes, if not the highest taxes in Europe, I like to know where my money is going. I take an interest in how much all the hangers on are costing me. One of the things we have to combat with everything we have is social fraud. People receiving social benefits that they are really not entitled to. There are many forms of this going on every day in Denmark. It is a sport for some people.

Denmark and the rest of the world is busy at the moment rescuing its citizens from Lebanon. We have unbelievably many. Strange when one considers that “the Leb” is not a destination normally found in the package tour brochures. So just who are all these “danes” that are holidaying in the middle east? Well, no suprises here, we imported all these people in the late 80’s and have taken a steady stream of their family members since then. Many of them are unemployed.

The Danish Peoples Party are also interested in where my money goes. So they thought it might be a good idea to find out just how many of these Danes are taking a holiday on my hard earned money. After all, if you want unemployment benefits, you have to pay for them through the payments that you have to make to the unemployment agencies, and you have to be available, at one days notice, for work. Everybody in Denmark has to have this insurance. If you are unemployed the government will pay it for you. With my money. Going on holiday? Then you are not available for work. This means, no unemployment benefit in the time you are away.
But, oh no, the lefty lot can’t have this. How dare we put their voters under the magnifying glass. Jyllands Posten explains:

Evacuee check criticised.
By The Copenhagen Post.

The Danish People’s Party calls for a check of evacuees’ employment status upon their return from Lebanon. Opposition parties call the proposal ‘cold-hearted’

A call to check the employment status of evacuees returning from Lebanon has been met with scepticism and criticism from labour market officials.
Søren Espersen, the foreign affairs spokesperson for the government’s support party, the Danish People’s Party, suggested that unemployment agencies investigate whether the approximately 5000 people evacuated from southern Lebanon this past week have collected unemployment benefits.
Labour regulations require people receiving unemployment benefits to remain in Denmark and to be available for work with one day’s notice.

That all sounds perfectly reasonable to me. After all, cheating is cheating, fraud is still fraud. If it isn’t going on then no worries. But this is one great chance to allay my fears. And it wouldn’t be expensive.

Espersen considered the evacuation ‘a unique chance’ to confirm or challenge the myth that foreigners with a Middle Eastern background take advantage of the social welfare system in Denmark. All of the evacuees were registered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs upon arrival. Checking those lists with unemployment registries would be a simple affair, said Espersen. ‘Without carrying out an additional investigation, we have the chance to confirm this once and for all.’

It doesn’t get much easier than that now does it? Are we being cheated or not? This is easy to check and could save the country millions. The lefty resistance to this is both expected and vehement. After all, they rely on the ‘socially challenged’ (!) for a good deal of their support. But I hadn’t expected it from the right wingers.

The proposal has not received support from the minister of employment, Claus Hjort Frederiksen, however. He remains hesitant to put an investigation into motion. ‘I expect that unemployment agencies and municipalities know whether unemployed people travel abroad for longer periods of time.’ he told national public broadcaster DR.

Well I don’t. How can he possibly expect the municipalities or unemployment agencies to know? If you are going to commit fraud, you are going to commit fraud. You are not going to tell anyone that you are doing it. You hope not to get caught.
Here is the reaction from the moonbats:

The proposal cannot expect the support of social workers either, Bettina Post, the vice president of the Danish Association of Social Workers, told daily newspaper Jyllands-Posten. ‘It says a great deal about Søren Espersen that when he sees people being evacuated, he sees potential cheaters.’
The opposition also criticised the proposal. Looking into people’s employment status as they return from a war zone seemed ‘callous’, according to Per Clausen of the opposition’s Red-Green Alliance. ‘It seems so incomprehensible that you would think the man was misquoted,’ said Clausen. ‘Just when you think the Danish People’s Party cannot become any more unpleasant, they go a little farther.’

Callous? Cold? Unpleasant? No, I don’t see it that way. I see this as a simple opportunity to weed out the frauds, find out who is following the rules and save us all a good deal of money.
I know I’m being robbed blind by some of these “refugees”. This is a chance to prove it, once and for all.

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What resolution?

Posted by Exile on July 19, 2006

The BBC, being the BBC, has of course involved itself in the current Israel – Lebanon war. With its typical panache it mixes fact with biased opinion and one should be careful when reading the articles, to seperate the two. However, they are offering a kind of staus round up on where the various involved parties now stand. A sort of interim status quo, if you will. I read the entire article and had a little think about what I had just read. Two things stuck out in my mind. The UN and the Lebanese government. I realise that this is not a full examination by the BBC but I couldn’t help wondering why the beeb hasn’t expanded a little on these two. So I thought I would.

The United Nations:

The UN wants implementation of Security Council resolution 1559 of September 2004.
This calls in particular for “the disbanding and disarmament of all Lebanese and non-Lebanese militias” and “the extension of the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory”. Europe has called for Israeli restraint.
However the resolution has never been implemented due to the difficulties involved.
So the UN, supported by Britain, is now proposing that an international force be inserted into southern Lebanon. This would have powers beyond the monitoring ability of the current 2000-strong UN force there, Unifil.
A UN team has been to Beirut and Israel to discuss the plan.

The resolution 1559 has been in place for two years and the UN has done nothing to enforce it. Neither has anybody else. The Lebanese government certainly hasn’t. The fact that the UN has had a presence in Lebanon for 28 years, and the resolution has been there for two years, why has the UN force not implemented it? What have we been paying for these past 28 years? And especially, the last two? What “difficulties” can possibly be so great, that the government, with the help of a UN rsolution and the assistance of an established UN force, cannot overcome them? If getting Hizbollah out of your own back yard is so difficult then I have a hard time validating a “sovereign” Lebanese government. Had they asked for UN assistance in doing just that, then all this would be unnecessary. I am sure the UN force would have been enlarged to accomodate the mission. The putting in place of an international force now is just too darned late to stop what would otherwise have been unnecessary carnage.

The Lebanese government:

The Prime Minister Fouad Siniora was in tears on television appealing for the UN to prevent a “disaster” for his country.
Mr Siniora is an anti-Syrian Sunni Muslim former finance minister who has presided over a coalition government comprising reforming elements of the “Cedar Revolution” with, for the first time, Hezbollah, whose right to “resistance” he has recognised.
He fears that this government will fall apart and that Lebanon will split along sectarian lines again – and that in any case is suffering unacceptable casualties and damage.

The biggest disaster to fall upon the Lebanon is the Hizbollah. Despite his tears on the TV, The PM and the Lebanese government are equally to blame for this war. Had they reacted to resolution 1559, then none of this would be happening to them. To allow Hizbollah to remain and to recognise them and their presence was folly from the start. To go so far as to say that he has recognised their “right to resistance” is eqally idiotic. Did he think he was saying OK to a debating club? No. He knows damn well what Hezbollah is, and he knew damn well what their mission in Lebanon was and remains to be. Allowing them to present candidates for governmental elections should never have been allowed. The simple fact that all that has been done, perhaps even despite the ill will felt toward Hizbollah by the majority of Lebanese, smacks of complicity.
Sorry Mr. Siniora, your tears are wasted on me.

So let’s get real, BBC. Israel doesn’t deserve the bad press you give it. They are merely doing what the impotent UN could or would not do. They are doing what a “Sovereign Lebanese Government” should have done two years ago.

The israelis don’t make resolutions. They show resolution instead.

And as for the EU asking for restraint on the part of the Israelis?
I think they have shown great restraint for the past 60 years. The time has come for a little action, and a lot of housekeeping.

Read the BBC article here.

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More UN peacewatchers in Lebanon?

Posted by Exile on July 18, 2006

UN peacewatcherAs the G8 talks came to an end in St. Petersburg, Tony Blair and Kofi Anan were hatching a plot to put “an international force” in place in south Lebanon to ‘keep the peace’. Perhaps it isn’t common knowledge, but there has been a UN peace keeping force in south Lebanon for the last 28 years, and it hasn’t made a bit of difference to the terrorist attacks from Hezbollah. They continued unhindered in all those years. The force comprises some 2000 troops and has no prohibitive effect whatsoever. So what’s new?
Recalling what I said yesterday in my blog about the UN needing some teeth and less gums, I wonder what the UN Security Council will say to beefing up the UN presence in Lebanon and will it be allowed to get involved in fighting Hizbollah instead of merely watching the terrorist activity as it goes happily by?
The Times of London has also been snooping round this one:

Speaking at the summit in St Petersburg, Mr Blair and the UN Secretary-General led demands for such a force in an effort to stop Hezbollah attacks on Israel, and Israeli retaliation.

“The only way we are going to have a cessation of violence is if we have an international force deployed into that area,” Mr Blair said.

Well Tony, it’s already there, it just hasn´t been big enough or had the mandate to stop, arrest, hinder or shoot back at Hizbollah. Until that is sorted out, then the presence of a UN force in Lebanon is meaningless. They may as well be boy scouts on a jamboree. The Israeli plan is to create a terrorist free buffer zone in southern Lebanon and they seem pretty determined about it right now.

Amir Peretz, the Israeli Defence Minister, said that his country was determined to create a buffer zone in southern Lebanon. “We intend to complete this operation. We have no intention of allowing anyone to stop us,” he said.

And who can blame them? I believe the Israelis have shown enough good will and tolerance and they have to do now what the UN hasn’t or won’t do. Clear out the Hizbollah for good and all. John Bolton seems to have gripped the essentials in all this:

John Bolton, Washington’s UN Ambassador, asked what would make a new force more effective than the UN “interim” force that has been in southern Lebanon for 28 years. He said: “Would such a force be empowered to deal with the real problem? The real problem is Hezbollah. Would it be empowered to deal with the countries like Syria and Iran that support Hezbollah?”
[…..]Mr Blair said that the new force would have to be “a significantly larger contingent with a far more specific mission”.

I agree with Blair. It would have to be a much larger contingent, and the mission must be to fight and defeat the Hizbollah, as Israel is doing now. And when that is achieved, then it would have to move north to the lebanese-syrian border and prevent further intrusion. In fact, why not give it the mandate to invade Syria from the get go and eradicate the entire problem? This would send a huge “no more crap” signal to Iran too. John Bolton seems to understand this, why doesn’t anyone else?
A last comment form the times article:

The Israeli Government is unlikely to find the idea acceptable unless the new force had a very different mandate to that of Unifil, the UN force already in the area.
Mr Blair played down the possibility of British troops being involved, saying that the British military was already stretched.

I can understand the Israeli scepticism.
My “give the UN teeth” blog may just have hit the nail on the head. It has to be a UN commitment. But they have to commit a viable fighting force, not a bunch of impotent onlookers.

There are enough of those already.

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Change the UN. Give it teeth.

Posted by Exile on July 17, 2006

I just got through surfing through the various documents and papers compiled by the UN over god knows how long on the terrorist question. What is terrorism? How do we define it? Who is a terrorist? Who is not? This has been going on for years and we aren’t really any closer to a clear definition now than we were before 9/11. Well, not officially.
If ever there was better proof that talk is cheap, then I haven’t seen or heard it anywhere.

So I’ve decided that it isn’t really up to the UN at all. It obviously can’t or won’t agree on a definition and we should discount it and all the paper mountains.
Let’s look at things differently. Instead of trying to put all the terror groups into one basket, let’s go back to basics.

Take the middle East. If the palestinians want peace in their land, then they have to oust the people who continue to attack Israel. Similarly, the Lebanon. Most people say they want to live in peace with their neighbours. If so, then they have to point out the Hezbollah thugs and arrest and eject them. If their governments were serious about what they claim to be their aims of peace and common accord, then this would be a simple matter. But that is not so, is it? The government of Palestine is a terrorist organisation in itself. The government of Lebanon has two Hizbollah leaders in its parliament. Why is Rasnallah not already under arrest in Lebanon and being charged with terrorist activity? Why have the good people of Lebanon not demanded his arrest and expulsion or imprisonment? To me, it seems ridiculous that they then expect the rest of the world to take them seriously when they elect these war mongering fanatical idiots to represent them in the international dialogue. They must know this. It isn’t rocket science. So why would they do it?
I believe the answer is simple. The good people of these countries have nowhere else to go. There is no one international organ that can help them. The UN will try to talk the problem to death with a new resolution here, a new embargo there, and all to no real effect or result, instead of trying to forcibly eradicate it . Noone is going to fight the terrorist elements for them, they cannot do it by themselves and therefore they have to accept rule by vicious thugs. Once you have the military might, you also have the political power. Someone needs to be able to fight for them.
At the moment it is mainly the US and British forces in Afghanistan and Iraq that are taking on this role. They are trying to police the area by forcing the criminals out. In the Lebanon and Palestine it is the IDF. As I write this, Tony Blair and Kofi Anan are trying to assemble an international peace keeping force to go to the Lebanon and end the conflict. Undoubtedly the west will be asked to furnish the necessary money and troops.

But this should not be the case.

If one truly wants a war on terrorism, then it should be a truly independant force of well trained internationally funded troops under the UN that can go in anywhere at the relevant government’s request to fight these thugs no matter where they are. And this is exactly what the UN lacks. Teeth. If independant governments in developing lands had the backing of a truly international army at its disposal then half the problems we have today would disappear overnight. Fragile and new democracies would flourish under this security. If the UN had the military might to back up the words, then things would change, and change quickly. Peace keeping would be easier with dedicated troops with the mandate to fight back instead of merely having to observe. Syria, for example, could no longer threaten the Lebanon with impunity. Darfur would be peaceful overnight.

What I am advocating here is a dismantling of the huge bureaucracy that is the talking machine of the UN and the assembly of a world wide counter terrorist army that would be able to fight these people on behalf of, and by invitation of, individual governments within their own borders. Divert some of the billions of dollars into action instead of more meaningless resolutions that affect nobody.
This war on terrorism should not be a question of politics between individual countries or coalitions, it should be a fight for the whole of humanity.
Utopia? I don’t know. Better than the nothing we have now? Definitely.

Occasionally, one has to fight for peace. One cannot do it by words alone.
So, for my ten bobs worth, either disband the UN now or give it the where-with-all to defend peace. Everywhere.

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The Turbanbomb blog.. now in English!

Posted by Exile on July 17, 2006

Mikael has finally joined the ranks of the bloggers from Denmark, blogging in English.
Modest as he is, he claims it is “a bit primitive” as of yet. Actually, I think his first attempt is just dandy! Expect more from this enlightened fellow.
Go read him here.

Welcome indeed.

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