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Change You Can Believe In

Posted by Exile on January 27, 2009

It hasn’t escaped my notice that the new and, dare I say, naive President of the United States really wants to close the prisoner of war camp that is called “Gitmo”. The Guantanamo centre for captured islamist combatants  and terrorists of the same ilk. One wonders why. How many prisoners of war are freed in other wars while the war is still going on? Not many.
Some of the inmates have been released. Which makes them former inmates. Not former jihadis. They were released into the care of Saudi Arabia and were placed into a reforming programme designed to wean them off the islamic nastiness that is terrorism. Apparently, without too much success. It would appear, that once having been a jihadi, one is always a jihadi.

The Times has a grip on this and reported the following;

Nine Saudi Islamic militants, including former Guantanamo inmates, have been rearrested in the Kingdom despite completing a controversial rehabilitation programme.

The arrests follow the embarrassing revelation last week that another Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee who was released to the authorities in 2007 has emerged as the deputy leader of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch of the terrorist organisation.

Both incidents are a serious setback for the experimental regime in which Saudi terror suspects are “weaned off” Islamic militancy at the so-called “Betty Ford clinic” for jihadists.

A “Betty Ford Clinic for Jihadists”…?? A ten step programme for terrorists? I can picture it now..
“Hi, my name is Muhammed. I’m a jihadi..I haven’t killed anyone for the last three years. I take it one day at a time.”
The room bursts into applause. “Welcome Muhammed…”

It obviously doesn’t work.

Anger management is on the curriculum too;

During the programme, the militants have to attend lessons based on Islamic law which shuns the use of violence. A team of psychologists instruct them how to manage their emotions when seeing images on television of Muslims suffering in war situations.

Dealing with Sudden Jihad Syndrome? Can’t be easy, can it? I mean, all those sunnis and shi-ites going at it hammer and tongs and all. The fact is that most muslims are killed by, well, other muslims. That’s got to be a bit of a thorn in the eye. Who do they get mad at? Allah loves ‘em all. I can understand their frustration.

I have no idea how the wonderful Barack Hussein Obama, the new messiah, the saviour of the planet and green idol of the left (who mentioned colour?) is going to justify the closure of the Gitmo camp but I’m prepared to bet it gets done. Europe is with him. They are lining up to be his true disciples.

Jean Asselborn, the Foreign Minister of Luxembourg, said: “The EU is not politically responsible for Guantanamo, it was an American decision and they have to take responsibility, but the EU must help people who were jailed, from a humanitarian point of view.”

What? Ah yes, the humanitarian view. This is, of course, most prominent in the mind of every jihadi who is worth his salt. I’m certain every one of them considers the humanitarian point of view before detonating the IED or pulling the trigger on his brand new Iranian (or is that Chinese?) Kalashnikov. Or bombing a bus, train, airplane, embassy or whatever takes his fancy today.

Just to confuse the issue, the Saudis have also thrown a little social comment into the debate by claiming success in the new Betty Ford clinic for jihadis;

The Saudi authorities claimed that none of the militants who had been sent to the centre on the outskirts of Riyadh had returned to terrorism.

Really? The Pentagon claims that “Dozens of released Guantanamo detainees have returned to the fight.”
But maybe these weren’t reformed jihadis?

One of the men, Said Ali al-Shihri, who was suspected of being involved in the bombing of the US Embassy in Sana, Yemen’s capital, in September last year and who has successfully completed the programme has turned up on a jihadi website video, had this to say;

“By Allah, imprisonment only increased our persistence in our principles for which we went out, did jihad for, and were imprisoned for.”

Yep. That’s definitely a change going on there. At least the Saudi’s are arresting them again. That’s progress for you!

I wonder where they’ll send them now?

Gitmo? Naaaa…

Hat tip: Timesonline

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Defend The Right to Freedom of Speech.

Posted by Exile on January 23, 2009

This was lifted from my email in tray. It is important that this gets read by everyone who comes here.

The International Free Press Society

www.internationalfreepresssociety.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Defend Geert Wilders and Freedom of Speech

For more information, contact:

Lars Hedegaard

President of the IFPS

lhedegaard@freepressmonitor.com

Diana West

Vice President

dwest@freepressmonitor.com

(301) 466-0248

January 22, 2009 – Washington, DC and Copenhagen, Denmark:  A Dutch court yesterday ordered the criminal prosecution of Geert Wilders, Dutch parliamentarian and leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), for his statements – written, spoken and filmed -regarding Islam. The Amsterdam Court of Appeals has deemed such statements “insulting,” declaring that they “substantially harm the religious esteem” of Muslims.

Clearly, the effect of this Dutch court order is to set new limits to public debate in Dutch society, in this case about the highly controversial but nonetheless crucially important subject of Islam.  This makes the prosecution of Geert Wilders an unacceptable breach of the sanctity of freedom of speech in Western society.

Having ordered a criminal prosecution for the opinions of a duly elected leader of a legitimate political party, Dutch authorities have dealt a devastating blow to political expression. While Dutch prosecutors prepare their indictment and Geert Wilders’ future hangs in limbo, who in The Netherlands will dare discuss political and cultural matters related to Islam – Islamic law, Islamic integration, Islamic crime, Islamic policy – openly, freely and fearlessly? The chilling effect is instantaneous. If, indeed, Wilders is ultimately convicted, free speech will cease to exist in the heart of Europe.

The International Free Press Society believes this court-ordered prosecution against Geert Wilders, a central figure in the fight against the Islamization of the West, amounts to a dangerous concession to the strictures of Islamic law, which prohibits all criticism of Islam, over Western traditions of, and rights to robust and unfettered debate. As such, it is tantamount to a  surrender to totalitarian influences that undermine all Western freedoms. And as such, it must be resisted.

It is important to recall recent history. Two Dutchmen, Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh, have been murdered for their outspoken opposition to Islamization in The Netherlands. Another Dutch politician, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, has been infamously forced into exile. Wilders alone now carries this debate over Islam in Dutch society forward – forcefully but logically, outspokenly but reasonably, and always peacefully. In order to do so, this member of Dutch parliament lives in a virtual prison, consigned to 24-hour guard by Islamic death threats against his life. Now, Dutch authorities have ordered him to be prosecuted for the Orwellian crime of committing “insulting” words.

As Wilders puts it, “If I have to stand trial, I will not stand trial alone, but also with the hundreds of thousands of Dutch people who reject the Islamization of The Netherlands.” He will also stand trial with those in The Netherlands and beyond who reject government prosecutions of free speech. In recognition of this this dire situation, the IFPS immediately calls on every supporter of free speech to come to the aid of Geert Wilders.To assist in this effort, the IFPS has launched an international campaign in defense of Geert Wilders and his freedom of speech.

To support these efforts, we urge you to contribute to the Geert Wilders Defense Fund. Donation information can be found at the IFPS website.

We also urge defenders of free speech to sign this letter of protest against the Dutch Government

http://www.petitiononline.com/wilders/petition.html

Lars Hedegaard

President of the IFPS

lhedegaard@freepressmonitor.com

Diana West

Vice President

dwest@freepressmonitor.com

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The International Free Press Society was established on January 1, 2009.

Read our Policy Statement here

http://www.sappho.dk/the-international-free-press-society-policy-statement.htm

The IFPS Board of Advisors

Asger Aamund

Bat Ye’or

Stephen Coughlin

Rachel Ehrenfeld

David Harris

Ole Hasselbalch

Hans Jansen

Ehsan Jami

Ibn Warraq

Philippe Karsenty

Roger Kimball

Ezra Levant

Andrew C. McCarthy

Nidra Poller

Kathy Shaidle

Roger Scruton

Robert Spencer

Mark Steyn

Allen West

Geert Wilders

The IFPS Board of Directors

Lars Hedegaard, President

Diana West, Vice President

Christine Brim. Secretary

Bjorn Larsen, Treasurer

Edward May, Outreach Coordinator

Paul Belien, Sergeant at Arms

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Tea Breaks for Terrorists

Posted by Exile on January 8, 2009

One can’t help noticing that the international community is concerned about the loss of life in Gaza. So much so, that everyone is suggesting, if not demanding, a cease fire agreement from the belligerents. Which I suppose is all well and good and is pretty much to be expected. I can’t help but wonder why?

Israel and the Palestinians have had countless cease fires. All ending in the same way. The resumption of hostilities. So quite honestly, what is the point of yet another cease fire? The last few have gone up in flames as Hamas fired rockets constantly at Israel, cease fire or not, and they will probably continue to do so in the event of another.

Today, a cessation of hostilities took place. That is, that Israel held their fire for three hours so that people could go out and find food, water or whatever and then hostilities were promptly and, in my opinion, rightly resumed. Three hours is more than enough time for the enemy to regroup, reload and reposition. In an article I read from the Timesonline, one aid worker is quoted as saying, “A three-hour ceasefire to go and see whether your mum and dad are alive is not a humanitarian corridor. It’s a tea break for the soldiers.”
And they deserve one.
Fighting terrorists is thirsty work.

John Ging, head of the United Nations refugee agency in Gaza; “Who for a minute thinks we can take care of one and half million people in three hours, when before it was a full time job for 10,000 people?”

Why, I ask, aren’t those one and a half million people looking after themselves? Who is stopping them? One would think that with billions of aid dollars going in every year that some form of industry had grown? Israel made the desert green. Why can’t the Palestinians? Looking at John Gings statement, I must assume that the only employment to be found in Gaza is to be a worker for the UN refugee agency. Everyone else is a “refugee” and therefore incapable of having any other purpose. Pathetic.

I do feel a certain sympathy for the people of Gaza. This has gone on for long enough. 60 years too long actually. All this nonsense about being displaced and therefore a refugee. Those that were displaced 60 years ago are mostly all dead by now anyway and how can one be a refugee for sixty years of one’s life? It isn’t an occupation.. no pun intended.
Imagine being sixty years old and having as the one point on your C.V., “Professional refugee. 1948-2009.”
Bollocks!

I think it would be best for Gaza if the Israelis drove out both Hamas, Fatah, the PLO, old uncle Tom Cobley and all, and permanently took over the place. Within five years I reckon it would prosper. Imagine not being governed by a gang of hate mongering islamist thugs with guns and no other ambition in life but the destruction of their nearest neighbours. Imagine the people of Gaza planting crops instead of digging bunkers and tunnels. Imagine them building something other than rocket launchers. Imagine actually building something worthwhile with the billions of dollars and Euros that flow annually into the territory.

If the people, and I mean the people and not the terrorist thugs who speak for them with guns to their heads, really want peace, then allow Israel to take over the running of Gaza. I’m sure the inventive Israelis would welcome the extra work force and the income that they would undoubtedly generate would benefit everybody, as opposed to the billions of dollars of so called aid that have, as far as I can see, only been used to buy weapons for the purpose of killing Israelis.

It is time for a real cease fire. The only way to achieve that is to let the Israelis bring it about. The talking and the dealing of the past sixty years has produced nothing. The UN has produced nothing. The Arab League has produced nothing. All that money produced nothing. The road map to peace is a circle on a piece of paper. Start somewhere and continue to the end…. what end? It’s time for all the talking heads to admit it. They failed. Hopelessly.

Talk isn’t merely cheap. It is time consuming. It consumed sixty years. For nothing.

Enough of the endless cease fires.

They are no more than tea breaks for the terrorists.

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Surprise – No Surprise

Posted by Exile on January 4, 2009

Israel has finally decided to go into Gaza and tackle the Hamas terrorist gunmen on their own turf. Retribution is about to be handed out in style by the IDF. This is no surprising move by the Israelis and it is justified. Dozens of rockets have rained down over southern Israel over the past few weeks and all the talk and jabber in the world isn’t going to stop more of them coming on a daily basis, because that is what Hamas is all about. Bring terror to Israel daily, every day. The UN is probably going to condemn this in usual terms; Israeli aggression must stop, disproportionate retaliation, poor Palestinians, blah–yak. We’ve heard it all before.
What I haven’t heard is a similar condemnation of Hamas from Banki and his moon crew over at the big house. It’s apparently OK for the munitions to fly from Gaza as long as none fly back. Like it or not, Hamas is a terrorist organisation. And pointing out that the terrorists’ rockets over the past two weeks have “only killed 4 Israelis” compared to the over 400 Palestinians that are now dead in Gaza is not relevant here. The potential for more Israeli deaths by terrorist rocket attack over a longer period of time is obvious, so why not take the bull by the horns now, instead of waiting to see just how many more Israelis should have to die before it’s OK to invade Gaza?
I’m sure the UN hasn’t got an answer to that one either.
There is however, an unexpected signal of some support for Israel’s actions. Surprisingly enough, from the EU, which is normally about as equally hell bent on Israel’s destruction as Hamas is. But get this from Haaretz.com and Reuters:

PRAGUE – European Union president, the Czech Republic, said Saturday an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza was "defensive, not offensive" action.
"At the moment, from the perspective of the last days, we understand this step as a defensive, not offensive, action," Czech EU presidency spokesman Jiri Potuznik said.

Well, well. Defensive, not offensive. Now that truly is surprising. Follow the link below to read more.

http://haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1052315.html

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