Thursday, March 30, 2006

Zur Gesetzeslage in Algerien

Eigentlich ist es nicht verwunderlich, dass man Abdul Rahman in Afghanistan am liebsten ermordet hätte. So ist es eben üblich bei den Muslims: Wer nicht an Allah glauben möchte, dem hackt man den Kopf ab. It's in the Koran.

Solche Sitten werden nun seit neuestem auch in Algerien durch das Gesetz gepflegt.


As attention focused on an Afghan Christian convert who faced the death penalty for his conversion, Algeria quietly passed a law that punishes anyone who persuades a Muslim to leave his faith, with up to five years in prison, and banishes house churches.

The government said the law's purpose is to prohibit "clandestine organizations" it claims are secretly trying to convert Muslims, according to London-based Alarab Online.

But the news agency said the cabinet is attempting to win over Muslim radicals ahead of a general election next year.

[...]

Christians in Algeria – who affirm the new law is the result of increasing influence of radical Islamists in the North African nation – say that to this point, the government has been relatively tolerant of Christianity.

[...]

According to the new law, passed March 21, the penalty is imprisonment of two to five years and a fine of up to about $12,000 for whomever "incites, constrains or utilizes means of seduction tending to convert a Muslim to another religion, or by using to this end establishments for teaching, for education, for health, of a social or cultural nature, or training institutions, or any other establishment, or any financial means, makes, stores, or distributes printed documents or audiovisual productions or by any other aid or means, which has as its goal to shake the faith of a Muslim."

In addition, the Algerian government now will regulate all places where Christians can worship, with the officially-Muslim government having to explicitly approve any new Christian church.

House churches are explicitly banned.

The law says, "Collective exercise of religious worship takes place exclusively in structures intended for this purpose, open to the public and identifiable from the exterior."

The new legislation also provides for the possible imprisonment and expulsion of foreign Christians for the same "offenses."

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Afghanisches Parlarment: Rahman darf uns nicht entkommen!

Dass es sich rächt, wenn man mit Islamisten zusammenarbeitet um Islamisten zu bekämpfen, wird den Vereinigten Staaten gerade in Afghanistan demonstriert. Das dortige Parlament ist zum Beispiel eine Institution, die gemeinsam mit den islamistischen Demonstranten fordert: Tötet Abdul Rahman!

KABUL - Afghanistan�s parliament on Wednesday said that a Christian convert seeking asylum abroad because he faces the death penalty should not be allowed to �escape� the country.

The parliament agreed unamimously after a two-hour debate on the case of Abdul Rahman that a court decision to release him from trial for apostasy was �contrary to the laws in place in Afghanistan.�

�To prevent the escape of Rahman from Afghanistan, his leaving Afghanistan must be prohibited,� said a summary of the debate read out by speaker Yunus Qanooni and approved by MPs.

It was unclear if the parliament�s decision was legally binding and whether it would actually bar Rahman from leaving Afghanistan if he was offered asylum abroad.

Suicide-Bombing in Israel verhindert

Man sollte nicht vergessen, wie viele Terroranschläge in Israel täglich verhindert werden. Gerade während der Wahlen erhöhte sich die Anzahl der Warnungen, die bei den israelischen Sicherheitskräften eintrudelten drastisch. Heute nahm die IDF beispielsweise einen Suicide Bomber fest, der sich einen 10kg-Sprengstoffgürtel um die Brust gewickelt hatte.

The haredi Nahal unit of the IDF captured an 18-year-old Palestinian suicide bomber wearing an explosive belt at the Beka'ot roadblock in the Jordan Valley on Wednesday afternoon.

The belt held approximately 10kg of explosives, Jordan Valley Battalion Commander Col. Moti Elmoz told Israel Radio.

Sappers successfully defused the bomb.

It was still unclear which organization was responsible for the bombing attempt, Elmoz added.

Elmoz also mentioned that in an initial interrogation, the terrorist, who came from Nablus, had said that he just wanted to kill himself.

The bomber also confessed that he was supposed to be picked up by operatives inside Israel and driven to the site of the planned attack.

The attempted suicide bombing comes after Israeli security agencies recorded over 70 concrete warnings of terrorist attacks, which officials have said were meant to disrupt the election process.

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Naziassoziationen beim Spiegel

Der Spiegel hat gestern einen Artikel über Ehud Olmert geschrieben. Wie das so ist, wenn Deutsche über Juden schreiben, hat man beim Spiegel merkwürdige Assoziationen. Olmert sei:

Der Stellvertreter


Hmmm... da war doch was... Ach ja, genau: Der Stellvertreter.


Monday, March 27, 2006

SoE über Osirak

Bei Spirit of Entebbe gibt es einen wirklich lesenswerten Text über den israelischen Präventivschlag gegen den irakischen Atomreaktor:

Am 7. Juni 1981 um 17 Uhr 44 Ortszeit zerstören 14 Bomben Saddam Husseins Traum von der Atombombe. In einem der bedeutendsten Luftangriffe der Geschichte und dem ersten präventiven Luftschlag gegen eine nukleare Einrichtung greifen acht israelische Kampfflugzeuge die Atomanlage nahe der Hauptstadt Bagdad an und vernichten den irakischen Reaktor. Es ist der praktische Ausdruck der vom damaligen israelischen Premierminister Menachem Begin erklärten Politik des Staates Israel: Wir werden den arabischen Staaten nicht erlauben, sich mit Massenvernichtungswaffen aufzurüsten. Dieses Prinzip gilt bis heute.

Unbedingt lesen!

NY Times über Irak

Die Situation im Irak scheint so gut wie unüberschaubar. Jeden Tag erscheinen dutzende von Artikel, in denen über dieses oder jenes Suicide-Bombing berichtet wird oder hier oder dort die Leichen vom Ermordeten gefunden werden. Auch wenn sich diese Gewalt lediglich nur auf bestimmte Regionen erstreckt, sind die Berichte alarmierend. Ein Artikel, der ein wenig mehr erhellt, als nur Daten erschien gestern in der NY Times:

BAGHDAD, Iraq, March 25 — Mohannad al-Azawi had just finished sprinkling food in his bird cages at his pet shop in south Baghdad, when three carloads of gunmen pulled up.

In front of a crowd, he was grabbed by his shirt and driven off.

Mr. Azawi was among the few Sunni Arabs on the block, and, according to witnesses, when a Shiite friend tried to intervene, a gunman stuck a pistol to his head and said, "You want us to blow your brains out, too?"

Mr. Azawi's body was found the next morning at a sewage treatment plant. A slight man who raised nightingales, he had been hogtied, drilled with power tools and shot.

In the last month, hundreds of men have been kidnapped, tortured and executed in Baghdad. As Iraqi and American leaders struggle to avert a civil war, the bodies keep piling up. The city's homicide rate has tripled from 11 to 33 a day, military officials said. The period from March 7 to March 21 was typically brutal: at least 191 corpses, many mutilated, surfaced in garbage bins, drainage ditches, minibuses and pickup trucks.

There were the four Duleimi brothers, Khalid, Tarek, Taleb and Salaam, seized from their home in front of their wives. And Achmed Abdulsalam, last seen at a checkpoint in his freshly painted BMW and found dead under a bridge two days later. And Mushtak al-Nidawi, a law student nicknamed Titanic for his Leonardo DiCaprio good looks, whose body was returned to his family with his skull chopped in half.

What frightens Iraqis most about these gangland-style killings is the impunity. According to reports filed by family members and more than a dozen interviews, many men were taken in daylight, in public, with witnesses all around. Few cases, if any, have been investigated.

Part of the reason may be that most victims are Sunnis, and there is growing suspicion that they were killed by Shiite death squads backed by government forces in a cycle of sectarian revenge. This allegation has been circulating in Baghdad for months, and as more Sunnis turn up dead, more people are inclined to believe it.


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Sunday, March 26, 2006

Der fröhliche Führer-Polizist

Heute habe ich die schöne Stadt Siegen besucht. Mitten in der Stadt war ein Informationsstand der Polizei aufgebaut, an dem kleinen Kindern Deutschlandfähnchen an die Brust geklebt wurden. Daneben hing ein großes Plakat mit dem hier abgedruckten Bild. Handelt es sich hierbei etwa um ein Bild von Adolf Hitler?

Friday, March 24, 2006

Kampf gegen den Terror auf pakistanisch

So wird der "War on Terror" der Bevölkerung in Pakistan schmackhaft gemacht: Die Terroristen seien Teil einer jüdischen Weltverschwörung.

TANK, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's military airdropped pamphlets this week over towns in restive tribal regions near the Afghan border urging tribesmen to shun "foreign terrorists", saying they were part of a Hindu and Jewish plot.

The pamphlets were dropped over Wana, the main town in South Waziristan, and Miranshah in North Waziristan as part of a campaign to win support among tribesmen who have shown sympathy for both Taliban and remnants of al Qaeda living among them.

Putin und Saddam?

Die Belege mehren sich, dass Russland sich mit Leuten, wie den Terroristen von der Hamas nicht nur gerne auf der diplomatischen Ebene austauscht, sondern sie auch gerne unterstützt. Nachdem vor einiger Zeit behauptet wurde, Saddams Massenvernichtungswaffen seien von russischen Spezialeinheiten nach Syrien gebracht worden, tauchen nun belege dafür auf, dass US-Kriegspläne an den Diktator in Baghdad weitergerreicht wurden.

Two Iraqi documents dated in March 2003 — on the eve of the U.S.-led invasion — and addressed to the secretary of Saddam Hussein, describe details of a U.S. plan for war. According to the documents, the plan was disclosed to the Iraqis by the Russian ambassador.

The first document (CMPC-2003-001950) is a handwritten account of a meeting with the Russian ambassador that details his description of the composition, size, location and type of U.S. military forces arrayed in the Gulf and Jordan. The document includes the exact numbers of tanks, armored vehicles, different types of aircraft, missiles, helicopters, aircraft carriers, and other forces, and also includes their exact locations. The ambassador also described the positions of two Special Forces units.

The second document (CMPC-2004-001117) is a typed account, signed by Deputy Foreign Minister Hammam Abdel Khaleq, that states that the Russian ambassador has told the Iraqis that the United States was planning to deploy its force into Iraq from Basra in the South and up the Euphrates, and would avoid entering major cities on the way to Baghdad, which is, in fact what happened. The documents also state "Americans are also planning on taking control of the oil fields in Kirkuk." The information was obtained by the Russians from "sources at U.S. Central Command in Doha, Qatar," according to the document.

This document also includes an account of an amusing incident in which several Iraqi Army officers (presumably seeking further elaboration of the U.S. war plans) contacted the Russian Embassy in Baghdad and stated that the ambassador was their source. Needless to say, this caused great embarrassment to the ambassador, and the officers were instructed "not to mention the ambassador again in that context."

(Editor's Note: The Russian ambassador in March 2003 was Vladimir Teterenko. Teterenko appears in documents released by the Volker Commission, which investigated the oil for food scandal, as receiving allocations of 3 million barrels of oil — worth roughly $1.5 million. )

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Ausweg für Afghanistan

In Afghanistan ist man nun darum bemüht, das Gesicht zu wahren. Nachdem Abdul Rahman festgenommen wurde und nun vor Gericht gestellt werden soll, weil er vor vierzehn Jahren zum Christentum konvertierte, wurde unter anderem von Seiten der USA Druck auf die Regierung in Kabul ausgeübt.

Man scheint hin- und hergerissen. Möchte man zum einen den Ungläubigen Abdul Rahman nicht enkommen lassen und ihn am liebsten enthaupten, ist man zum anderen -- will man die Regierungsgewalt nicht den Taliban übertragen -- auf die Unterstützung westlicher Staaten angewiesen.

Nun scheint sich ein Ausweg aus der Misere aufgetan zu haben:


An Afghan man facing a possible death penalty for converting from Islam to Christianity may be mentally unfit to stand trial, a state prosecutor said Wednesday.

Abdul Rahman, 41, has been charged with rejecting Islam, a crime under this country's Islamic laws. His trial started last week and he confessed to becoming a Christian 16 years ago. If convicted, he could be executed.

But prosecutor Sarinwal Zamari said questions have been raised about his mental fitness.

"We think he could be mad. He is not a normal person. He doesn't talk like a normal person," he told The Associated Press.

Moayuddin Baluch, a religious adviser to President Hamid Karzai, said Rahman would undergo a psychological examination.

"Doctors must examine him," he said. "If he is mentally unfit, definitely Islam has no claim to punish him. He must be forgiven. The case must be dropped."

Man erklärt den guten Mann einfach für Verrückt. Man tritt den westlichen Geldgebern nicht auf den Schlips und bewahrt sich zugleich den eigenen Irrglauben.

Terrorist mit Atombombe in Verbindung gebracht

In England sind sieben Islamisten angeklagt, weil sie Terroranschläge vorbereitet haben. Einer der Angeklagten wurde nun mit einer Atombombe in Verbindung gebracht. (Via: Jihadwatch)

One of the suspected terrorists on trial for allegedly plotting a nationwide bombing campaign has been linked to a nuclear weapon.

The Old Bailey jury was told that Salahuddin Amin had been involved in discussions to buy a nuclear bomb.

The prosecution said contact had been made with the Russian mafia in Belgium, from whom they wanted to buy a radio-isotope bomb.

Taliban übernehmen Kontrolle über nördliche Stammesgebiete in Pakistan

Was machen eigentlich die Taliban? Genau, sie beginnen damit die Schariah in Pakistan einzuführen:

A powerful new militia dubbed "the Pakistani Taliban" has effectively seized control of swaths of the country's northern tribal areas in recent months, triggering alarm in Islamabad and marking a big setback in America's "war on terror".
The militants are strongest in North and South Waziristan, two of seven tribal agencies on the border with Afghanistan. Strict social edicts have been handed down: shopkeepers may not sell music or films; barbers are instructed not to shave beards. Yesterday a bomb blew up a radio transmitter in Wana, taking the state radio off the air.
Militants collect taxes from passing vehicles at new checkpoints, and last week an Islamic court was established in Wana to replace the traditional jirga, or council of elders. Rough justice has already been dispensed elsewhere. A gang of seven alleged bandits were executed in Miran Shah in December and their bodies were hung from a post in the town centre.
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Analysts say the Pakistani Taliban is a loose alliance of tribal militia operating under radical clerics such as Sadiq Noor and Abdul Khaliq. Many are angered by heavy-handed Pakistani military attacks against suspected al-Qaida hideouts, which are thought to have killed hundreds of civilians over the last two years.
The tribesmen are allied with al-Qaida fugitives, mostly from Uzbekistan and Chechnya. The foreigners have blended into the tribal structures, buying loyalties and marrying local women.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Vogelgrippe kommt von Allah

Die Muslims können sich nicht entscheiden: Ist die Vogelgrippe nun Resultat einer geheimen Verschwörung der Juden, wie man kürzlich in Syrien vermutete, oder wurde sie von Allah gesandt, um die Juden zu töten?

JERUSALEM – The bird-flu virus found in Israel last week was sent by Allah to punish the Jews for being "the worst of humanity" and is the beginning of the outbreak of other diseases meant to destroy the Jewish state within the next twenty years, a Gaza preacher said at mosque services this weekend.

Sheikh Abu Muhammed, an imam at the popular Al-Tadwa mosque in Beit Lahia north of Gaza City, went on to ask Muslims at his Friday night sermon to pray for the sexual organs of Jews to "dry out" so they cannot reproduce, a Palestinian in attendance at the mosque services told WorldNetDaily.

"Praise Allah the bird flu has hit the Jews. It came because of their sins against the Palestinians; because they are the most cruel enemy of humanity; because they are themselves the enemy of humanity; because they don't believe in Allah; because they falsify the book of Allah; because they cheated the prophet Muhammed; and because they cheated Allah and even their own prophet, Moses," Sheikh Muhammed was quoted as saying.

"This bird flu will be the beginning of diseases which will hit the nonbelievers. Please Allah keep hitting the enemy with more diseases. This is no doubt the beginning of the end of the Israelis. Like [late Hamas spiritual leader] Sheikh Yassin said, 2025 will be the end of Jews. This [bird flu] is the sign," said Sheikh Muhammed, according to congregants.

Vogelgrippe kommt von Allah

Die Muslims können sich nicht entscheiden: Ist die Vogelgrippe nun Resultat einer geheimen Verschwörung der Juden, wie man kürzlich in Syrien vermutete, oder wurde sie von Allah gesandt, um die Juden zu töten?

JERUSALEM – The bird-flu virus found in Israel last week was sent by Allah to punish the Jews for being "the worst of humanity" and is the beginning of the outbreak of other diseases meant to destroy the Jewish state within the next twenty years, a Gaza preacher said at mosque services this weekend.

Sheikh Abu Muhammed, an imam at the popular Al-Tadwa mosque in Beit Lahia north of Gaza City, went on to ask Muslims at his Friday night sermon to pray for the sexual organs of Jews to "dry out" so they cannot reproduce, a Palestinian in attendance at the mosque services told WorldNetDaily.

"Praise Allah the bird flu has hit the Jews. It came because of their sins against the Palestinians; because they are the most cruel enemy of humanity; because they are themselves the enemy of humanity; because they don't believe in Allah; because they falsify the book of Allah; because they cheated the prophet Muhammed; and because they cheated Allah and even their own prophet, Moses," Sheikh Muhammed was quoted as saying.

"This bird flu will be the beginning of diseases which will hit the nonbelievers. Please Allah keep hitting the enemy with more diseases. This is no doubt the beginning of the end of the Israelis. Like [late Hamas spiritual leader] Sheikh Yassin said, 2025 will be the end of Jews. This [bird flu] is the sign," said Sheikh Muhammed, according to congregants.

Angriff auf Israel geplant. Zehn Palästinenser festgenommen.

Debka berichtet darüber, dass Palästinensische Terroristen eine großangelegten Sprengstoffangriff planen. Zehn Attentäter wurden bereits festgenommen. Hoffen wir, dass Shin Beit auch die Anderen erwischt.

A nationwide alert in force across Israel has been lifted and all highways blocked for several hours have reopened to traffic.

The Shin Beit had intelligence of several vehicles carrying Palestinian suicide bombers from the northern West Bank via Jerusalem to the Tel Aviv area. One was caught in a GMC carrying 10 Palestinians near Shalavim near Latrun on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway. A powerful bomb and other weapons found in the vehicle indicating a combined attack was planned. They surrendered when surrounded by police and IDF commandos. The Shin Beit reports 70 active terrorist threats, 10 of them specific.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Mal wieder: "Friedensdemo" mit antisemitischer Gewalt

Wie friedlich die Friedensbewegten sind, die dafür demonstrieren, man solle das iranische Atomregime doch lieber nicht angreifen, zeigt ein Vorfall auf einer "Antikriegsdemonstration" vor einigen Tagen. Dort griff der antisemitische Mob zwei Journalisten an, die für "Zionisten" gehalten wurden. Die Folgende Erklärung erreichte mich via Mail:

*Angriff auf Journalisten*
Am 18.03.2006 fand in Berlin eine Anti-Kriegs-Demonstration unter dem Motto: „Gegen Krieg und Besatzung im Irak - Neue Weltordnungskriege verhindern - Kein Angriff gegen Iran“ statt, bei dem zwei freie Journalisten angegriffen und verletzt wurden.

*Was geschah?*
Kurz nach Beginn der Demonstration wurde ein Journalist von einem Teilnehmer der Demonstration angesprochen und aufgefordert, das Fotografieren des Aufzuges zu unterlassen. Unbeeindruckt davon gingen sie weiter ihrer Tätigkeit nach bis sie von einer Person, die offenbar zu den Veranstaltern der Demo gehörte, ein zweites Mal angesprochen wurden. An der "Kirche am Südstern" befahl die Person den Fotografen ohne Begründung das einstellen Ihrer Tätigkeit. Nach der Weigerung der Beiden wurde er aggressiv und sogar handgreiflich. Schließlich entfernte er sich mit der Ankündigung, man könne auch zwangsweise entfernt werden.

Anders als zu erwarten suchte er jedoch nicht die Polizei auf, sondern rief eine Gruppe von ca. acht Jugendlichen zu sich, die sich nach kurzer Unterhaltung in Richtung der Fotografen bewegten. Die Jugendlichen, darunter auch jener, der die Fotografen zuerst angesprochen hatte, sind zur Gruppe „Revolutionäre Kommunisten“ (RK) zu zählen. Diese Organisation tritt ferner unter der Bezeichnung RIM (Revolutionäry Internationalist Movement) oder „World Peoples Resistance Movement“ (WPRM) auf und ist schon öfter durch Gewalttätigkeiten aufgefallen. Zuletzt haben Personen der RIM/RK 2004 auf dem Karneval der Kulturen zwei Menschen schwer verletzt, einen von ihnen mit einem Messer.

Um Schutz vor den RIM/RK-Schlägern zu suchen stellten sich die Journalisten vor ein Polizeifahrzeug. Die ca. 8 vermummten Personen liefen zu ihnen und beschimpften sie als Systempresse und Lügner. Mehrere der Angreifer griffen nach den Kameras und versuchten diese zu zerstören. Als dies nicht gelang schlugen sie zu, versetzten einem der Beiden einen Kopfstoß und verletzten ihn.

Einige Polizisten wurden auf die Situation aufmerksam und eilten den Journalisten zu Hilfe. Als die Angreifer die anrückenden Beamten wahrnahmen flüchteten sie Richtung Demo. Einige Polizisten nahmen die Verfolgung auf. Von Seiten der Angegriffenen wurde Strafantrag, gegen einen kurz nach dem Vorfall festgenommenen Schläger, gestellt.

Nach Aufnahme des Strafantrags wurden beide Journalisten am Ende der Demo wieder herausgelassen. Indes hatte sich die Festnahme zu einer größeren Angelegenheit entwickelt, da einige Demonstranten versuchten den Festgenommenen zu befreien. Als mehrere der Angreifer die beiden Journalisten abseits des Tumults wieder erkannten kam es wieder zu Beschimpfungen und Drohungen. Auf den Ruf eines der Angreifer, dass hier „Zionisten“ seien kamen ca. 50 weitere Demonstranten hinzu, umringten sie und einen Polizeiwagen und bespuckten bzw. traten nach den Fotografen. Um Schutz vor der gewalttätigen Menge zu suchen, begaben sie sich zurück ins Polizeifahrzeug, das die beiden nach einiger Zeit von der Demo wegbrachte.

Wer hat sich eigentlich sonst noch an der Zerstörung der Buddha-Statue in Afghanistan beteiligt?

An der Zerstörung der Buddha-Statue in Afghanistan, haben sich nach Angaben einer Dokumentation pakistanische und saudische Techniker beteiligt.

According to an account published here on Saturday, a local Afghan told the makers of a Swiss documentary on the giant statues which had stood there, carved in the side of a mountain for hundreds of years, had been destroyed by engineers from Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The dynamiting of the statues took place in March 2001. Swiss documentary filmmaker Christian Frei, who has made several documentaries that have won praise at various international film festivals, shot ‘The Giant Buddhas’ in Afghanistan. The film is due to be shown at the National Gallery of Art in Washington on 26 March.
The Taliban went ahead with the destruction of the giant statues, revered for centuries, because they considered them “offensive to Islam”. They ignored appeals from around the world, including UNESCO and an appeal from the then Government of Pakistan, made, it would appear now, more “for the record” than any serious intent to stop the Islamist zealots from destroying what the rest of the world considered mankind’s heritage.
Taliban minister of information Qudratullah Jamal said in a statement later, “The destruction work is not as easy as people would think. You can’t knock down the statues by dynamite or shelling as both of them have been carved in a cliff. They are firmly attached to the mountain.” Museums and governments around the world kept hoping until the end that the Taliban would desist from committing what the rest of the world saw as an act of “cultural sacrilege” but they were adamant in their resolve.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Grüße von George W.

George W. Bush hat all denjenigen Grüße übermittelt, die im Iran das Newroz-Fest feiern.

Presidential Message: Nowruz

March 2005

I send greetings to those celebrating Nowruz.

Nowruz marks the arrival of a new year and the celebration of life. It has long been an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the beauty of nature.

Many Americans who trace their heritage to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Central Asia observe this special occasion to preserve their rich heritage and ensure that their values and traditions are passed on to future generations. This festival also reminds all Americans of the diversity that has made our Nation stronger and better.

Laura and I send our best wishes for peace and prosperity in the New Year.

GEORGE W. BUSH

Al Qaeda im House of Parliament

Was machen eigentlich die Terroristen in England? Sie besuchen das House of Parliament.

A TERROR suspect allegedly linked to al Qaeda has visited the Houses of Parliament — as the guest of a Labour peer.

Former detainee Mahmoud Suliman Ahmed Abu Rideh even sat in the Commons public gallery for a debate.

He was invited to Westminster on Tuesday by Lord Ahmed, who met him at Regent’s Park mosque three weeks ago.

The father of five — suspected of being a money man for terror groups — was given a SECURITY sticker for his Parliamentary visit.

And he boasted yesterday of sitting in the Commons gallery, adding: “It was very interesting.”

Shadow Home Secretary David Davis last night said Abu Rideh had been able to “walk around one of the UK’s biggest terror targets”.

Lord Ahmed confirmed he invited Abu Rideh, 34, to see him — and said he QUIZZED him over the suspected al Qaeda link.

Weshalb die Mullahs reden wollen

Nachdem der Iran bekannt gab, er würde sich gerne mit den USA an den Verhandlungstisch setzen, um die Angelegenheiten im Irak zu diskutieren, habe ich sehr darauf gehofft, man würde in Washington nicht darauf eingehen. Weit gefehlt: Aus den Vereinigten Staaten hörte man Folgendes:

The White House said it was prepared to discuss Iraq with Tehran, but topics must be limited to that subject and not Iran's nuclear program, The Associated Press reported.

Dies Bereitschaft auf die Mullahs einzugehen, kam deshalb überraschend, weil der Iran zu Recht als Hauptfeind der Vereinigten Staaten ausgemacht wurde, als derjenige Staat, von dem im Moment die größte Bedrohung ausgeht. Nachdem nun jedoch ein paar Tage vergangen sind, hat man im Weißen Haus offenbar verstanden, woher die plötzliche Gesprächsbereitschaft des iranischen Regimes kommt:

Iran waited months to agree to a US proposal to take up the issue, and did so only after Tehran's atomic program was referred to the UN Security Council for possible sanctions, said US national security adviser Stephen Hadley.

"The concern, therefore, is that it is simply a device by the Iranians to try to divert pressure that they are feeling in New York", Mr Hadley said.

Tehran hopes "to drive a wedge between the United States and the other countries with which we are working on the nuclear issue, and, if you will, divert pressure and divert attention," he said.

A senior US official, who requested anonymity, was far blunter, calling Iran's offer "a stunt" and saying that Washington may agree merely to avoid "criticisms" that it did not do all it can to defuse bloody tension in Iraq.

The anonymous US official said that Washington also hoped to exploit apparent grumblings in Iran about hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's handling of the nuclear issue and his country's economy.

"We want to provoke a debate, within the (Iranian) leadership, on the wisdom of these policies," the official said.

Mr Hadley insisted that any talks should not be read as a signal that the United States was softening its take on Iran, saying: "Nothing has changed in the concerns that we have about the Iranian regime."

"We don't want to, in any way, by anything we do, to legitimate this regime, particularly in the eyes of their people," he said.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Fighting Smarter In Iraq

Vor kurzem habe ich auf einen recht optimistischen Bericht aus dem Irak verwiesen. Etwas weniger euphorisch, aber dennoch erfreulich wird die Situation im Irak von David Ignatius eingeschätzt.

Iraq is still a mess. Traveling over Baghdad by Black Hawk helicopter, you can see piles of fetid trash on nearly every block and pools of raw sewage glinting in the sun. Car bombs and roadside explosions are still a daily feature of life, and the death toll remains horrific, especially for Iraqi civilians. But it would be a mistake to think that nothing is changing. The country is fragile, but it hasn't splintered apart.

I visited two bases where you can see the new U.S. strategy begin to take hold. The first was at Taji, straddling the Tigris River north of Baghdad, where the American 4th Infantry Division is gradually handing off responsibility to Iraqi units. After the Samarra bombing, enraged Shiites killed two Sunni clerics, and there was a danger that the reprisal killings could escalate.

Tensions eased after an Iraqi brigade commander, a Shiite, rolled his armored vehicles into the Sunni stronghold of Tarmiya and told local imams that his men would protect their mosques against Shiite attacks -- and that in return, they must control Sunni militants. "He laid down the law," remembers Col. Jim Pasquarette, who commands U.S. forces in the area. The crisis gradually eased there, with U.S. forces mostly remaining in the background.

"This is the hardest thing I've ever done," Pasquarette says of the new rules of counterinsurgency. "In the old days, it was black and white -- see a guy and shoot him. But counterinsurgency is a thinking man's sport. Every decision you make, you have to step back and say, 'What's the next thing that's going to happen?' " He says he drills his troops to remember the "three P's" of the new Iraqi battlefield: "be polite, be professional, be prepared to kill."

The town of Abu Ghraib, just west of Baghdad, faced a similar test after Samarra. The area is almost entirely Sunni; the Iraqi army unit that has responsibility there is largely Shiite. That sounds like a recipe for disaster, but the Iraqi brigade commander, a feisty Shiite from southern Iraq named Gen. Aziz, is making it work. After the Samarra explosion, Aziz told me, he convened a meeting with local tribal and religious leaders.

"I am responsible for your safety," he admonished them. "The law should protect us all. There are no militias in this area." He told the local leaders they could protect their homes and mosques, but if he found anyone carrying weapons on the streets, he would kill him. The message seemed to work. A fiery local Sunni imam told his worshipers last Friday they should try to live with their neighbors.

Hamas, Fatah, alles dasselbe

Es ist sehr zu wünschen, dass die Palästinenser der israelischen Armee die Arbeit abnehmen und sich gegenseitig schwächen. Würde ein Machtkampf zwischen Fatah und Hamas ausbrechen, würden die beiden Organisationen sich gegenseitig schwächen.

Allerdings wird es dazu nicht kommen. Hamas und Fatah haben eines Gemeinsam und das ist der Antisemitismus. Wenn es darum geht, wie ein palästinensischer Staat aussehen soll, vertritt man zwar entgegengesetzte Auffassungen, aber im Hass auf die Juden ist man sich einig. Dies illustriert zum Beispiel die Folgende Meldung:


The possibility of attacks on Israel by Fatah members is currently the Israel Defense Forces' main concern. The army, nevertheless, is also preparing for possible revenge attacks by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine following Israel's removal of five senior PFLP members from the Jericho jail on Tuesday.

According to IDF sources, there had been a distinct deterioration in the security situation in the West Bank even before Israel's raid on the Jericho jail, and much of this deterioration was due to the growing involvement of Fatah members - including some who serve in the Palestinian Authority security services - in attacks on Israelis.

Partly because of this deterioration, the defense establishment decided yesterday to leave the closure on the territories in place until after the Israeli elections on March 28. The closure was initially imposed only for the duration of this week's three-day Purim holiday.

A senior General Staff officer told Haaretz yesterday that Fatah and Hamas had recently switched roles. According to officer, Hamas is currently refraining from attacks, and its leaders have even rejected operatives' proposals for revenge attacks following the Jericho raid. In contrast, Fatah is now vying with Islamic Jihad for the title of the leading perpetrator of attacks in recent weeks. Thus far, however, it is sticking to attacks in the territories and eschewing attacks inside Israel.

Holiday in Jail

Operation "Pay a Visit" dürfte wohl notwendig gewesen sein. In erster Linie handelte es sich um eine Aktion gegen den palästinensischen Umgang mit antisemitischem Terroristenpack, das man dort zu hoffieren pflegt. In palästinensischen Knästen leben Terroristen nämlich wie im Hilton:

# Monitors complained that Saadat, Shobaki and the four other “special” prisoners were given the run of the compound by Palestinian guards
# They were not “locked down” at night
# They were never separated from the 300 other prisoners
# They had mobile phones and computers; Shobaki ordered the monitors’ phone jammers to be turned off
# They had up to 90 visitors a week and used other prisoners “as domestic staff”
# Saadat kept birds and had a big book collection
# Inmates and guards referred to Shobaki as “brigadier”. He smoked up to five Cuban cigars a day

Kinder, sprengt Euch in die Luft II

Vor kurzem habe ich darüber berichtet, wie die Hamas Kinder im Internet dazu aufruft, sich in Israel in die Luft zu sprengen. Nun wurde diese Seite geupdatet. This is sick shit, man!

The Hamas-run web site promoting suicide terrorism to children has been updated with a new illustrated story glorifying a young girl’s suicide attack against Zionists.

The story, entitled “A Palestinian Girl's Heroism,” describes how the young girl calmly progresses, step by step, though the planning and execution of the terror attack, in which she dies. In death she is said to be "smiling, lying on the grass, because she died as a Shahida, martyr for Allah, for Palestine."

“The illustration with the story on the web shows a young smiling girl with four candles,” a report by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) points out. “The image of a living, smiling child in a story about the death of a child appears to echo a familiar message in PA children's education, that those who die as Shahids (Martyrs for Allah) are not really dead.”

After PMW originally published a report on the Al-Fateh web site encouraging children to seek martyrdom, and after the Arutz-7 article on the report was featured on the Drudge Report, the Hamas site’s Russian server (CORBINA TELECOM Network Operations) immediately closed down the website on March 9, 2006. The site reopened a couple of days later, however, and is now being hosted by a Malaysian web hoster (Eastgate;Telekom Multimedia of Telekom Malaysia Berhad;Telekom Exchange II, Jalan Lingkaran Fauna).

The following is a translation of the new short story on the Al-Fateh web site:

A Palestinian Girl's Heroism
"Suad, the bright Palestinian girl, remembered what the Zionist criminals did when they killed her father and mother.

"One day while Suad was walking, she heard a voice from the trees. She turned and saw three men planting land-mines on the road leading to the Zionist camp.

"Suad kept on walking. After a while, she saw a car with some Zionists and an idea popped into her mind. She walked to the officer who was in the car, and told him: ‘I'll lead you to Palestinian Fida'yon (literally: self sacrificing fighters) in return for food, because I am hungry.’

"The officer was afraid of the Fida'yon's reputation, and didn't believe what Suad told him.

"He then said to his soldiers: "Take her to the camp so we will clarify her story." In the camp, the soldiers brought food to Suad, so she would lead them to the Fida'yon. She told them: ‘Before I taste any food, I must lead you to the Fida'yon.’

"The officer was very happy and told his soldiers: ‘Let's go fast.’

"On the way, Suad got ready to carry out her plan. She decided to cause the car to ride over the land-mines, so that all of the soldiers would die.

"Suad sat next to the driver, to direct him, and she led him to the land-mines. Then the [car] blew-up and all of the soldiers were killed. As for Suad, well she became a Shahida (Martyr for Allah) on the grass, while smiling, because she died as a Shahida for Palestine".
[Al-Fateh - Hamas Website, March 15, 2006].

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Nachrichtenüberblick

Aus Zeitmangel kurz ein paar Nachrichten im Überblick:

Neues von den Vereinten Nationen
Bei den UN hat man sich mit Frauenrechten beschäftigt. Deshalb hat man eine Resolution verabschiedet, die zur Wahrung derselben aufruft. Merkwürdiger Weise gibt es für die Vereinten Nationen nur einen Staat, der Frauenrechte verletzt: Israel.

Fatah macht Mörder zum Ehrenbürger
Der Terrorist Samir Quntar, der ein vierjähriges Kind ermordet hat, ist von der Fatah-Regierung zum Ehrenbürger gewählt worden.

Hat Pakistan die 9/11-Comission bestochen? (via Jihad Watch)
Das pakistanische Außenministerium soll zehntausende Dollar ausgegeben haben, damit Passagen aus dem 9/11 Comission Report entfernt werden, die Pakistan betreffen.


Islamistische Erziehung

Einige Islamisten im Irak haben ein neues Video herausgebracht. Dort zeigen sie, wie die Kinder von Jihadisten erzogen werden. In dem Video spielen ein paar Kinder mit den Leichen ermordeter US-Soldaten.

Rome, 15 March (AKI) - The children climb down into the crater left by an explosion and start picking up scraps of twisted metal. "Allah is great!" they shout before the camera hones in to show what one boy is holding: torn fabric, the colour of the camouflage fatigues worn by US troops. The next scene shows the same children holding aloft a human leg, shreds of the same camouflage fabric hang from it and the foot is clad in a military-style boot. The children trample the leg and kick it around in the dust.

"Today the Americans came to these parts and the buried bomb blew up their Hummer vehicle," says a teenage boy, adding, "if Allah wants it, the mujahadeen will win."

This grisly footage, purportedly shot in the Iraqi city of Ramadi, has appeared in the form of a three-minute video on the Internet. It marks the latest attempt by Jihadist militants to exploit children for propaganda purposes.

Die Al-Aqsa-Brigaden und ihre Mordrohungen

Abbas wird nicht nur hierzulande gerne als der gemäßigte unter den Palästinensern gefeiert. Seinen Zweifel am Holocaust und seine Behauptung, Gaskammern hätte es im Nationalsozialismus nie gegeben, hat man erstaunlich schnell vergessen. Auch dass ihm die Al-Aqsa Märtyrebrigaden unterstehen, lässt man gerne unter den Tisch fallen. Wie gemäßigt die Terrorbande unter Abbas ist, wurde heute erneut unter Beweis gestellt, als ihr Anführer damit drohte, Olmert und Katsav zu ermorden.

Abu Mujaheed, a leader of the Brigades in the West Bank town of Nablus, spoke after a nine-hour Israeli siege of a prison complex in Jericho ended earlier today in the surrender of five prisoners wanted for murdering Israel's tourism minister in 2001.

The Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades is the declared "military wing" of Palestinian authority President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah Party.

Mujaheed and other Al Aqsa terrorists are currently holding two British nationals hostage in response to the Israeli operation.

"We will do our best and will make every effort to reach the highest officers and politicians in Israel including Olmert, but [we are especially] interested in reaching the highest level in Israel, the symbol of the Israeli sovereignty. And I mean the president, Katsav," said Abu Mujaheed.

[...]

During the Israeli operation, members of the PFLP and other terror groups quickly kidnapped nine foreign nationals in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and threatened to murder their hostages if PFLP leader Saadat was killed. The U.N. and International Red Cross quickly evacuated their employees from the Palestinian territories. The Al Aqsa Brigades kidnapped the two British citizens in the West Bank.

Mujaheed earlier told WND he would kill his British hostages if Saadat was killed during today's Israeli operation.

Asked why his group would seek to punish British civilians reportedly uninvolved in the Jericho siege, Mujaheed replied, "They should be punished because it's obvious that the British and the Americans are part of this conspiracy that aims to kill Saadat. The British and the American inspectors in the Jericho prison had retired and withdrawn from their positions a few minutes before the arrival of the Israeli army, which proves that this is a conspiracy."

Diktatorenpsychose

Saddam Hussein sitzt vor Gericht. Allerdings möchte er dies nicht so ganz wahr haben, weshalb er allmählich beginnt, unter der Illusion zu leiden, er sei nach wie vor als Diktator im Amt. In dieser Funktion schreibt er Propaganda-Reden, in denen er den Irakern Befehle erteilt. Das schöne daran ist, dass der Mann nichts anderes mehr ist, als eine Witzfigur.

Saddam and seven of his former aides, are charged over the killing of 148 Shia Muslims and the imprisonment and torture of others in the town of Dujail after an attempt on the dictator's life in 1982. Though he has made frequent interjections since the trial began in October, today's session was to be the first chance for the judge and prosecutors to question him directly.

Instead, Saddam read from a prepared statement to insist that he was still Iraq's elected president and to dismiss the trial as a "comedy". He addressed the "great Iraqi people" - a phrase he often used in his speeches in power - and urged them to stop the wave of Shia-Sunni violence that has rocked the country since the bombing of a revered Shia shrine in Samarra last month.

"What pains me most is what I heard recently about something that aims to harm our people," Saddam said. "My conscience tells me that the great people of Iraq have nothing to do with these acts," he said referring to the bombing of the Golden Mosque of Samarra.

Mr Abdel-Rahman interrupted, saying that he was not allowed to give political speeches in the court. "I am the head of state," Saddam replied. "You used to be a head of state. You are a defendant now," the judge retorted.

The judge repeatedly closed his microphone to prevent Saddam's words from being heard, and told him to address the case against him. But Saddam ignored him, continuing to read from his text.

"What happened in the last days is bad," he said, referring to the recent violence. "You will live in darkness and rivers of blood for no reason. The bloodshed that they (the Americans) have caused to the Iraqi people only made them more intent and strong to evict the foreigners from their land and liberate their country."

Losing his patience, Mr Abdel -Rahman screamed at him: "Respect yourself." Saddam shouted back: "You, respect yourself."

"You are being tried in a criminal case for killing innocent people, not because of your conflict with America," the judge said. "What about the innocent people who are dying in Baghdad? I am talking to the Iraqi people," Saddam replied.

Finally, Abdel-Rahman declared: "The court has decided to turn this into a secret and closed session."

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Uranium aus Venezuela

Die Mullahs im Iran haben ihre Zusammenarbeit mit Venezuela in letzter Zeit verstärkt. Nun wird darüber spekuliert, ob Venezuela den Iranern Uranium zukommen lassen möchte.

BUENOS AIRES -- A recent deal between Iran and Venezuela provides for the exploitation of Venezuela's strategic minerals, prompting opposition figures to warn that President Hugo Chavez's government could be planning to provide Tehran with uranium for its nuclear program.
The deal was part of a package of agreements, most of which were announced during a visit last month to Caracas and Cuba by Iranian parliament Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad-Adel. The two countries also established a joint $200 million development fund and signed bilateral deals to build homes and factories, and exploit petroleum.
Public details are vague, but Venezuelan opposition figures and press reports have said the deal on minerals could involve the production and transfer to Iran have said the deal on minerals could involve the production and transfer to Iran of Venezuelan uranium taken from known deposits located in the dense jungle states of Amazonas and Bolivar.
[...]
Retired Venezuelan Vice Adm. Jose Rafael Huizi-Clavier said the mining arrangements negotiated last month with Iran are broad and unspecific and could easily include uranium.
Other critics of Mr. Chavez point out that Venezuela recently voted against reporting Tehran to the U.N. Security Council for its uranium-enrichment program and that Mr. Chavez in recent months has attempted to purchase his own civilian-use nuclear technology from Argentina. Adm. Huizi-Clavier, who heads the Venezuela-based Institutional Military Front, a group of ex-military officials opposed to Mr. Chavez, said his group is "alarmed by a confluence of facts." He cited construction work at a small military base and the widening of a military airstrip near the Brazilian border, where uranium deposits are said to exist.
He also noted that Mr. Chavez expelled U.S. missionaries from areas known to have uranium in February. At the time, Mr. Chavez accused New Tribes Mission, a Florida-based group, of working for the CIA and foreign mining interests.
A Florida-based spokesman for the group said none of the missionaries knew anything about uranium-mining activities.

Myths of Irak

Die jüngsten Meldungen aus dem Irak sind erschreckend. Ralph Peters war vor Ort und hat sich umgesehen. Da sein Bericht ein anderes Licht auf die Situation im Irak wirft, sei sein Bericht hier in voller Länge wiedergegeben. (Via Michelle Malkin)

Myths of Iraq
By Ralph Peters

During a recent visit to Baghdad, I saw an enormous failure. On the part of our media. The reality in the streets, day after day, bore little resemblance to the sensational claims of civil war and disaster in the headlines.

No one with first-hand experience of Iraq would claim the country's in rosy condition, but the situation on the ground is considerably more promising than the American public has been led to believe. Lurid exaggerations and instant myths obscure real, if difficult, progress.

I left Baghdad more optimistic than I was before this visit. While cynicism, political bias and the pressure of a 24/7 news cycle accelerate a race to the bottom in reporting, there are good reasons to be soberly hopeful about Iraq's future.

Much could still go wrong. The Arab genius for failure could still spoil everything. We've made grave mistakes. Still, it's difficult to understand how any first-hand observer could declare that Iraq's been irrevocably "lost."

Consider just a few of the inaccuracies served up by the media:

Claims of civil war. In the wake of the bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, a flurry of sectarian attacks inspired wild media claims of a collapse into civil war. It didn't happen. Driving and walking the streets of Baghdad, I found children playing and, in most neighborhoods, business as usual. Iraq can be deadly, but, more often, it's just dreary.

Iraqi disunity. Factional differences are real, but overblown in the reporting. Few Iraqis support calls for religious violence. After the Samarra bombing, only rogue militias and criminals responded to the demagogues' calls for vengeance. Iraqis refused to play along, staging an unrecognized triumph of passive resistance.

Expanding terrorism. On the contrary, foreign terrorists, such as Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, have lost ground. They've alienated Iraqis of every stripe. Iraqis regard the foreigners as murderers, wreckers and blasphemers, and they want them gone. The Samarra attack may, indeed, have been a tipping point--against the terrorists.

Hatred of the U.S. military. If anything surprised me in the streets of Baghdad, it was the surge in the popularity of U.S. troops among both Shias and Sunnis. In one slum, amid friendly adult waves, children and teenagers cheered a U.S. Army patrol as we passed. Instead of being viewed as occupiers, we're increasingly seen as impartial and well-intentioned.

The appeal of the religious militias. They're viewed as mafias. Iraqis want them disarmed and disbanded. Just ask the average citizen.

The failure of the Iraqi army. Instead, the past month saw a major milestone in the maturation of Iraq's military. During the mini-crisis that followed the Samarra bombing, the Iraqi army put over 100,000 soldiers into the country's streets. They defused budding confrontations and calmed the situation without killing a single civilian. And Iraqis were proud to have their own army protecting them. The Iraqi army's morale soared as a result of its success.

Reconstruction efforts have failed. Just not true. The American goal was never to rebuild Iraq's infrastructure in its entirety. Iraqis have to do that. Meanwhile, slum-dwellers utterly neglected by Saddam Hussein's regime are getting running water and sewage systems for the first time. The Baathist regime left the country in a desolate state while Saddam built palaces. The squalor has to be seen to be believed. But the hopeless now have hope.

The electricity system is worse than before the war. Untrue again. The condition of the electric grid under the old regime was appalling. Yet, despite insurgent attacks, the newly revamped system produced 5,300 megawatts last summer--a full thousand megawatts more than the peak under Saddam Hussein. Shortages continue because demand soared--newly free Iraqis went on a buying spree, filling their homes with air conditioners, appliances and the new national symbol, the satellite dish. Nonetheless, satellite photos taken during the hours of darkness show Baghdad as bright as Damascus.

Plenty of serious problems remain in Iraq, from bloodthirsty terrorism to the unreliability of the police. Iran and Syria indulge in deadly mischief. The infrastructure lags generations behind the country's needs. Corruption is widespread. Tribal culture is pernicious. Women’s rights are threatened. And there's no shortage of trouble-making demagogues.

Nonetheless, the real story of the civil-war-that-wasn't is one of the dog that didn't bark. Iraqis resisted the summons to retributive violence. Mundane life prevailed. After a day and a half of squabbling, the political factions returned to the negotiating table. Iraqis increasingly take responsibility for their own security, easing the burden on U.S. forces. And the people of Iraq want peace, not a reign of terror.

But the foreign media have become a destructive factor, extrapolating daily crises from minor incidents. Part of this is ignorance. Some of it is willful. None of it is helpful.

The dangerous nature of journalism in Iraq has created a new phenomenon, the all-powerful local stringer. Unwilling to stray too far from secure facilities and their bodyguards, reporters rely heavily on Iraqi assistance in gathering news. And Iraqi stringers, some of whom have their own political agendas, long ago figured out that Americans prefer bad news to good news. The Iraqi leg-men earn blood money for unbalanced, often-hysterical claims, while the Journalism 101 rule of seeking confirmation from a second source has been discarded in the pathetic race for headlines.

To enhance their own indispensability, Iraqi stringers exaggerate the danger to Western journalists (which is real enough, but need not paralyze a determined reporter). Dependence on the unverified reports of local hires has become the dirty secret of semi-celebrity journalism in Iraq as Western journalists succumb to a version of Stockholm Syndrome in which they convince themselves that their Iraqi sources and stringers are exceptions to every failing and foible in the Middle East. The mindset resembles the old colonialist conviction that, while other "boys" might lie and steal, our house-boy's a faithful servant.

The result is that we're being told what Iraqi stringers know they can sell and what distant editors crave, not what's actually happening.

While there are and have been any number of courageous, ethical journalists reporting from Iraq, others know little more of the reality of the streets than you do. They report what they are told by others, not what they have seen themselves. The result is a distorted, unfair and disheartening picture of a country struggling to rise above its miserable history.
Ralph Peters is a retired U.S. Army officer and the author of 20 books, including the recent New Glory: Expanding America's Global Supremacy.

Erneut Priester in der Türkeri angegriffen

Daniel Pipes sprach vor kurzem von einem "Sudden Jihad Syndrome", um Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar zu beschreiben, der sich ein Auto mietete, um so viele Menschen wie möglich zu überfahren.

In brief, Taheri-azar represents the ultimate Islamist nightmare: a seemingly well-adjusted Muslim whose religion inspires him, out of the blue, to murder non-Muslims. Taheri-azar acknowledged planning his jihad for over two years, or during his university sojourn. It’s not hard to imagine how his ideas developed, given the coherence of Islamist ideology, its immense reach (including a Muslim Student Association at UNC), and its resonance among many Muslims.
Were Taheri-azar unique in his surreptitious adoption of radical Islam, one could ignore his case, but he fits into a widespread pattern of Muslims who lead quiet lives before turning to terrorism. Their number includes the 9/11 hijackers, the London transport bombers, and Maher Hawash, the Intel engineer arrested before he could join the Taliban in Afghanistan.
[...]
This is what I have dubbed the Sudden Jihad Syndrome, whereby normal-appearing Muslims abruptly become violent. It has the awful but legitimate consequence of casting suspicion on all Muslims. Who knows whence the next jihadi? How can one be confident a law-abiding Muslim will not suddenly erupt in a homicidal rage? Yes, of course, their numbers are very small, but they are disproportionately much higher than among non-Muslims.

Auch in der Türkei mehren sich die Fälle, in denen Islamisten aus heiterem Himmel damit beginnen, Priester zu ermorden. Es gibt tatsächlich mehrere Anzeichen dafür, dass der Islamismus zunehmend unabhängig von Terrororganisationen agiert und es einzelne Individuen sind, die den heiligen Krieg gegen die "Ungläubigen" in Zukunft vorantreiben. Der Islamismus passt sich damit einer Situation an, in der die Anti-Terror-Aktionen der Vereinigten Staaten dahingehend erfolgreich sind, als dass Organisationen wie Al Qaeda geschwächt agieren. Der War on Terror würde dann zunehmend zum ideologischen Kampf werden.

ANKARA, Turkey, MARCH 12, 2006 (Zenit.org).- For the second time in the last two months a priest in the southern Turkish city of Mersin has been attacked.
Early Saturday evening a young man with a knife entered the parish of Capuchin Father Hanri Leylek, saying that he wanted to speak with a priest.
Aid to the Church in Need told ZENIT that young Turk insulted the priest and then threatened him with an 80-centimeter (31-inch) Kebab knife.
The priest was able to repel the aggressor, and that same evening the police arrested a suspect, a young Turk.

ISI liefert Waffenteile an Taliban

Der pakistanische Geheimdienst ISI war schon immer ein höchst dubioser Verein. Die Hilfsgelder und Waffen, mit denen die USA einst den Jihad gegen die Sowjetunion unterstützten, wurden zum großen Teil über den ISI unter den Islamisten verbreitet. Bereits damals waren die Verbindungen zwischen den heiligen Kriegern und dem pakistanischen Geheimdienst fließend. Dies setzt sich bis heute fort. So soll zum Beispiel der Mörder des Journalisten Daniel Pearl, Omar Sheikh, der auch an den Vorbereitungen zum Massenmord vom 11. September beteiligt sein soll, Verbindungen zum ISI gehabt haben.
Nun wurden weitere Aktivitäten des pakistanischen Secret Service bekannt.


U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan reportedly are looking into accusations Pakistanis gave vital parts for shoulder-fired missiles to the Taliban.

The accusations say officials of Pakistan's intelligence service, ISI, provided the parts for use by the Taliban against helicopters in Afghanistan, reports Britain's Independent. The accusations say the parts include new battery packs for the missiles.

The newspaper reported its Western sources are not sure whether the parts were provided by rogue elements within the ISI, or approved at a high level.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rabbis für Antisemitismus

Spirit of Entebbe berichtet über ein paar verrückte Rabbiner, die die iranische Regierung in ihrem Kampf gegen Israel unterstützen. Es ist doch immer wieder verwunderlich, wie gerne Antisemiten mit Juden zusammenarbeiten, die ihren Antisemitismus teilen.

In statements to Iranian radio, locals, anti-Zionist rabbis circulated their ideas against Israel. ‘We came to Teheran to clarify that Israel does not represent all Jews,' said one of visiting rabbis.
A delegation of rabbis from Neturei Karta , the anti-Zionist faction of the ultra-orthodox population, visited Iran last week in support of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad and his plans for the destruction of Israel. The faction, which is known for its hatred to Israel and to the Zionism ideology, stated in the Iranian radio that aspire to "a disintegration of the Israeli government", reported the Jerusalem Post.
The rabbis visited all over Iran and met with top government officials, with nuclear program officials, and with many students who heard their thoughts about Israel and the Zionist ideology. During their stay they also visited several synagogues and met with the small Jewish community still left in Iran. When asked to refer to the Iranian denial of the holocaust, the rabbis replied that they are not bothered by it, to say the least.

Israelische Truppen stürmen palästinensisches Gefängnis

Neues vom Kampf gegen den Terror aus Israel:

Israeli troops have stormed into the Palestinian jail in Jericho in a bid to snatch a prisoner responsible for the assassination of an Israeli Minister five years ago.
After calling on guards to hand over prisoner Ahmed Saadat, the troops opened fire with small arms and stun grenades.
There are reports that one Palestinian has been killed and at least 18 prisoners and security officials have been wounded.
Saadat is the leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
He is held responsible for ordering the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister, Rehavam Zeevi, five years ago.
In recent weeks, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has signalled he may release Saadat.
But a Palestinian Authority spokesman, Jamal Nazzal, says rumours that Saadat was about to to be released were false.
"No he wasn't," he said.
"At no time has there been any decision taken by the Palestinian Authority to release Ahmed Saadat or anyone and there has been no change in the security measures."
Witnesses at the jail in Jericho say US and British monitors stationed there withdrew when Israeli troops arrived.
Israeli helicopters have since fired missiles into the prison.
In retaliation, Palestinian militants have set fire to the British Council office in Gaza.
Meanwhile, Hamas' leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal has called on Palestinians to rally around the Jericho jail.
"We condemn this Israeli crime and hold Israel responsible for any consequences arising from this crime and warn them against harming Ahmed Saadat ... and all the prisoners in Jericho," he said.
"I call on our people in Jericho to throng around the Jericho prison."

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Iran baut Führerbunker

Im Iran weiß man, dass eine Auseinandersetzung mit dem Westen gefährlich werden könnte. Deshalb macht man es sich im Führerbunker bequem.

Iran's leaders have built a secret underground emergency command centre in Teheran as they prepare for a confrontation with the West over their illicit nuclear programme, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.
The complex of rooms and offices beneath the Abbas Abad district in the north of the capital is designed to serve as a bolthole and headquarters for the country's rulers as military tensions mount.
The recently completed command centre is connected by tunnels to other government compounds near the Mossala prayer ground, one of the city's most important religious sites.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Vom Cartoon zu Voltaire

In Frankreich fordern Islamisten, die Aufführung eines Stücks von Voltaire zu verbieten.

SAINT-GENIS-POUILLY, France -- Late last year, as an international crisis was brewing over Danish cartoons of Muhammad, Muslims raised a furor in this little alpine town over a much older provocateur: Voltaire, the French champion of the 18th-century Enlightenment.
A municipal cultural center here on France's border with Switzerland organized a reading of a 265-year-old play by Voltaire, whose writings helped lay the foundations of modern Europe's commitment to secularism. The play, "Fanaticism, or Mahomet the Prophet," uses the founder of Islam to lampoon all forms of religious frenzy and intolerance.
The production quickly stirred up passions that echoed the cartoon uproar. "This play ... constitutes an insult to the entire Muslim community," said a letter to the mayor of Saint-Genis-Pouilly, signed by Said Akhrouf, a French-born cafe owner of Moroccan descent and three other Islamic activists representing Muslim associations. They demanded the performance be cancelled.
Instead, Mayor Hubert Bertrand called in police reinforcements to protect the theater. On the night of the December reading, a small riot broke out involving several dozen people and youths who set fire to a car and garbage cans. It was "the most excitement we've ever had down here," says the socialist mayor.

Al Qaeda: Schaut Al-Jazeera

Ein Al-Qaeda-Jihadist in den USA hat dazu aufgerufen, Al-Jazeera zu schauen. Dort könne man sich am Besten über den globalen Djihad informieren.

"Visit Mujahideen web sites to get to know who they are. You will see for yourselves that they are not what your media outlets made you believe they are. If you cannot do that, the least you could do is to watch Al-Jazeera Channel; there you might get 20% or less of the truth about the war zones. Resent the corrupted politicians in Washington, D.C. and demand justice, if they do not give in to your demands, you must declare autonomy so you may live in peace and security.

Tom Fox von Islamisten ermordet

Tom Fox, ein christlicher Friedensaktivist, wurde im Irak von Islamisten ermordet. In Gedenken an Tom Fox, sei hier auf seinen Blog verwiesen.

Pakistan gegen Intervention im Iran

Obwohl man in Pakistan in den letzten Tagen darum bemüht war, sich mit den USA gutzustellen, sprach sich der pakistanische Informationsminister gegen eine mögliche US-Intervention im Iran aus.

ISLAMABAD: Information Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed has said that imposing sanctions on Iran was not an easy task and Pakistan would not support any attack on Iran.
Talking to reporters at the Parliament House on Friday, he said the international community should realise that Iran was not Iraq. In case of sanctions on Iran, the world would have to face an oil crisis, he said, adding that it would create problems for developing and the poor countries.

Al Qaeda an der Schule

Ein Propagandavideo der Ansar-al-Sunna-Terroristen zeigt, wie die Islamisten an einer Schule im Irak den Massenmord an Amerikanern propagieren.

Rome, 10 March. (AKI) - The most chilling footage in a new al-Qaeda video comes near the end of the hour-long extravaganza of bomb blasts, sheep-slaying, and maimed Americans. It shows hooded militants at work in a primary school class in the Iraqi city of Ramadi. Children are asked to sing jihadi songs, quizzed on what they think of America and rewarded with pens, rulers and erasers. The video, of which Adnkronos International (AKI) has obtained a copy, is the work of Ansar al-Sunna, part of the galaxy of Jordanian militant Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and seeks to show the extent of militants' control in the restive al-Anbar province.

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In the segment dedicated to the town of Ramadi, hooded men are seen slaying and butchering sheep and then delivering cuts of fresh meat in black plastic bags to children in the street, a helping hand to the poorer families.

It is children of Ramadi who the terrorist formation are seeking to influence. In a segment entitled "Lions of the country in the city of Ramadi", a hooded man carrying a microphone and his camera-wielding colleague interview youngsters on the streets. The children contest the US presence and say they are happy that Ramadi remains under the control of the mujahadeen.

Forty six minutes in, the presenter announces the visit by mujahadeen to the schools of Ramadi. The first to welcome the men, again masked, are boys in class 6B, aged 10-11. As well as reciting jihadi songs, the youngsters are asked for an opinion on the US. "Americans kill children" one boy says.

The Ansar al-Sunna operatives then move on to talk to much younger boys, in their first years at primary school.

The school appears a modern, solid and well kept structure, albeit spartan; the children are clean, tidily dressed and seem well-nourished.

Kohl dementiert

Vor einigen Tagen wurde berichtet, dass Helmut Kohl dem iranischen Präsidenten Ahmadinejad zugestimmt hätte. Der Holocaust, soll Kohl einer iranischen Zeitung zufolge gesagt haben, sei ein "Mythos". Nun dementiert Kohl. Auch wenn es unwahrscheinlich ist, dass Helmut Kohl solche Dinge in aller Öffentlichkeit von sich gibt, wird man nie genau wissen was der ehemalige Kanzler nun wirklich gesagt hat.

London, Mar. 08 – Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl denied a report in a semi-official Iranian daily picked up by Iran Focus which accused him of agreeing with statements made by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the Holocaust, according to a statement received from the former chancellor’s office.

In an email to Iran Focus on Wednesday, Lutz Stroppe, the head of the office of the former chancellor, wrote that Kohl “rejects firmly” the quotation from a government-owned daily in Iran. Jomhouri Islami wrote in its Monday edition that at a dinner gala with Iranian hoteliers and entrepreneurs, Kohl had said that he “heartily agreed” with Ahmadinejad’s remark that the Holocaust was a “myth”.

Muslimbruder: Al Qaeda ist geil!

Die Muslimbrüderschaft ist ein übler Verein. Es handelt sich um einen Zusammenschluss radikaler Islamisten, die der Meinung sind Suicide Bombing wäre eine feine Sache. Dementsprechend verwundert es nicht, dass diese Leute gute Freunde von Osama bin Laden sind.

According to a report in the independent Egyptian weekly Roz Al-Yusouf, Egyptian MP Ragab Hilal Hamida, from the Muslim Brotherhood, said during a parliamentary session discussing the Inter-Arab Agreement on Combating Terrorism, that the Koran encourages terrorism, and that he supports the activities of Osama bin Laden, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, and Abu Mus'ab Al-Zarqawi. [1] The report also stated that another MP from the Muslim Brotherhood, Sheikh Ahmad 'Askar, supported Hamida's statements, and that MPs from the governing National Democratic Party (NDP) did not denounce them, but instead joked with Ragab.

In a subsequent interview with MP Hamida, Roz Al-Yusouf gave him a chance to retract his statements; however, he reiterated his position.

The following are excerpts from the interview. [2]



"'Terrorism' is Not a Curse When Given its True Meaning"


Question: "Does it make sense to you that a Muslim should claim that the Koran incites to terrorism?!"

Hamida: "I said these things in an [Egyptian] parliament session dealing with the Inter-Arab Agreement on Combating Terrorism. I noticed that the report of the [Parliamentary] Committee for Defense and National Security and the Egyptian Foreign Ministry were inaccurate when [they] dealt with terrorism, since [they] dealt with it in general [terms]. I specifically wanted to explain that [the term] 'terrorism' is not a curse when given its true meaning. [When interpreted accurately,] it means opposing occupation as it exists in Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq!...

"From my point of view, bin Laden, Al-Zawahiri and Al-Zarqawi are not terrorists in the sense accepted by some. I support all their activities, since they are a thorn in the side of the Americans and the Zionists... [On the other hand,] he who kills Muslim citizens is neither a jihad fighter nor a terrorist, but a criminal and a murderer. We must call things by their proper names!"

Syrische Bank geschlossen

Ein Schlag gegen den Terror ist dem U.S. Department of the Treasury gelungen. Die syrische Bank CBS dürfte es in den Vereinigten nun mit einigen Schwierigkeiten zu tun bekommen.

The U.S. Department of the Treasury today finalized its proposed rule against the Commercial Bank of Syria (CBS), along with its subsidiary, the Syrian Lebanese Commercial Bank, requiring U.S. financial institutions to terminate all correspondent accounts involving CBS.

The Commercial Bank of Syria is owned and controlled by the Syrian government, a designated State Sponsor of Terrorism since 1979. The Bank has been used by terrorists to move funds and has acted as a conduit for the laundering of proceeds generated from the illicit sale of Iraqi oil.

"The Commercial Bank of Syria has been used by terrorists to move their money and it continues to afford direct opportunities for the Syrian government to facilitate international terrorist activity and money laundering," said Stuart Levey, the Treasury's Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence (TFI). "Today's action is aimed at protecting our financial system against abuse by this arm of a state-sponsor of terrorism."

Axis of Evil: al Qaeada - Taliban - Iran

Der Iran dürfte wohl das nächste Ziel im War on Terror sein. Zumindest sollten wir hoffen dass dem so sein wird und die USA oder Israel den Bau von Atomwaffen verhindern. Man mag gar nicht daran denken was passieren würde, wenn die Mullahs in den Besitz einer Atombombe kämen.

Dass man im Iran nichts gegen Massenmord an Juden und Amerikanern, gegen Suicide Bombing und Djihad einzuwenden hat, dürfte ohnehin bekannt sein. Dennoch sind die Beziehungen der iranischen Mullahs zu denjenigen, die sich am Djihad gegen die USA beteiligen, beachtlich.

Verbindungen die der Iran mit jenen Islamisten aufgenommen hat, die sich am Djihad gegen die USA beteiligen.


Iran secretly agreed to assist the Taliban in its war against U.S. forces in October 2001, according to the transcript of a high-level Taliban official's tribunal session at Guatanamo Bay, Cuba. The seven-page transcript, as well as thousands of pages of similar documents, was released by the Pentagon on March 3 in response to litigation brought by the Associated Press.

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An adviser to [Herat] warlord Ismail Khan told TIME that shortly before the U.S. bombing campaign began in October, a high-ranking Iranian official connected to the hard-line supreme leader Ayatollah Khameini had been dispatched to Kabul to offer secret sanctuary to Taliban and al Qaeda fugitives. The Iranian official was apparently trapped in Kabul during the bombing, and remained there until the
Northern Alliance took control of the city. Although the Iranians despised the Taliban for their persecution of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan, their hatred for the U.S. may have run deeper.

And, according to sources in Herat, the Taliban and al Qaeda took the Iranians up on their offer. Shortly before Herat's Taliban garrison fled in November, a convoy of 50 off-road vehicles carrying some 250 senior Taliban and al Qaeda members allegedly crossed over into Iran, using a smugglers' route through the hills about 20 miles north of the city.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Die "Terroristen" im Weißen Haus

Der "gemäßigte" Islam in den USA spricht sich gegen "Terrorismus" aus. Dreimal darf man raten, wer die "Terroristen" sind: Die Juden.

March 9, 2006 -- WASHINGTON - The head of Islamic chaplains in the New York City Department of Correction said in a recent speech that the "greatest terrorists in the world occupy the White House," Jews control the media, and Muslims are being tortured in Manhattan jails.

The outlandish remarks were made by one of the city's most prominent Islamic leaders, Imam Umar Abdul-Jalil, the executive director of ministerial services for the city Department of Correction. He spoke at a conference of Islamic leaders in Tucson, Ariz., and was secretly recorded by the counterterrorism organization The Investigative Project.

The recordings capture Abdul-Jalil - speaking at two separate symposiums on Islam in America held by the Muslim Students Association on April 15 and 16 last year - making incendiary charges and espousing extremist views.

Abdul-Jalil, 56, who is also imam of the Masjid Sabur mosque in Harlem, initially denied making the comments - but later admitted to The Post that the tape was most likely accurate and said his words are being "taken out of context."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Burkha-Verbot?

In Holland wird darüber nachgedacht, die Burkha zu verbieten. Den ganzen Artikel gibt es hier.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - If the Netherlands becomes the first European country to ban the burqa and other Muslim face veils this month, Hope says she'll resort to wearing a surgical mask to dress in accordance with her religious beliefs.
"I'll wear one of those things they wore during the SARS epidemic if I have to," said the Dutch-born Muslim, one of about 50 women in the Netherlands who wear the head-to-toe burqa or the niqab, a face veil that conceals everything but the eyes.
"I'm very practical," the 22-year-old added.
Last December, parliament voted to forbid women from wearing the burqa or any Muslim face coverings in public, justifying the move in part as a security measure.
The cabinet is awaiting the results of a study into the legality of such a ban under European human rights laws, before making its final decision. The results are expected in the second half of this month.
"This is an enormous victory for traditional Dutch decency," said Geert Wilders, the populist member of parliament who first proposed the burqa ban, after hearing parliament had backed it.
"The burqa is hostile to women, and medieval. For a woman to walk around on the streets completely covered is an insult to everyone who believes in equal rights."
The Dutch may have been among the first to legalize cannabis, prostitution and euthanasia -- earning them a reputation for tolerance -- but they are now in the process of imposing some of Europe's toughest entry and integration laws.

Lehrer in Pakistan ermordet

In jenen Gebieten, in denen Al Qaeda und die Taliban de Facto die Herrschaft ausüben, sieht Gerechtigkeit folgendermaßen aus:

SUSPECTED Islamic militants have beheaded a teacher in a lawless Pakistani tribal area bordering Afghanistan, officials said today.
Said Badshah, 35, who ran a private school, failed to return home yesterday in Barwan village, near Wana, the main town in restive South Waziristan tribal agency, a local administration official said.
His headless body was found in a remote area this evening, the official said on condition of anonymity.
Officials suspect militants were behind Mr Badshah's murder as he had no known enemies in the area and he was the son of a pro-government tribal elder.

Kinder, sprengt euch in die Luft!

Die Hamas hat eine Internetseite ins Netz gestellt, die sich speziell an Kinder richtet. Dort lernen die Kleinen, dass man sich am besten in die Luft sprengen sollte.

The Palestinian Authority's ruling Hamas terror group has launched a web site for children, preaching the moral desirability of being a suicide terrorist through cartoons and children's stories.
The Hamas-run Al-Fateh.net glorifies shahada, martyrdom, and presents the deaths of terrorists attacking Israelis as a time of celebration, according to a report by Palestinian Media Watch.
One of the stories on the site quotes a mother saying that when she heard her son had become a shahid, a martyr, she bought dates, candies and coffee to give out. An entire section of the site is called "Stories of the Shahids" and the most recently posted story honors Hamas terrorist Naseem Ja'abari, who murdered 16 people when he blew himself up on a bus in Be'er Sheva on August 31, 2004.
The page is egalitarian in its encouragement of martyrdom, with a prominently featured drawing of a religiously garbed girl participating in violent attacks (pictured above) on both the homepage and on a second page with a poem glorifying Jihad, Islamic conquest, and Shahada.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Lafontaine wird gewlttätig

In Hollywood wurden des öfteren Filme gedreht, in denen Deutsche auftreten und sich in ihrer Muttersprache unterhalten. Scharfsinnig, wie das US-Amerikanische Kino nuneinmal ist, wird in solchen Momenten häufig nach Worten gesucht, in denen die deutsche Sprache sich originärer Identität spiegelt. In dem Film Dodgeball tritt beispielsweise David Hasselhoff vor das Blitzkrieg-Team und sagt: "Ihr Schweine!" Wie sehr diese Szene das Wesen der Deutschen trifft, hat vor kurzem Oskar Lafontaine bewiesen.

BERLIN. Der Vorsitzende der Links-Fraktion im Bundestag, Oskar Lafontaine, hat seine bei einem Wahlkampfauftritt benutzte deftige Wortwahl von der "Schweinebande" verteidigt. "Man muss auch manchmal die Sprache des Volkes sprechen", sagte Lafontaine gestern nach einer Sitzung des Fraktionsvorstands in Mannheim. Er bestätigte, dass er am Donnerstag gesagt hatte, die Bürger hätten zu Recht den Eindruck, dass "die ganze Bande im Bundestag, die da sitzt", alle in einen Sack gesteckt und geprügelt gehörten, weil der Richtige schon dabei sein werde. Wenn ältere Arbeitnehmer "enteignet" und die ältere Generation "verunsichert" werde, müsse es "Volksvertreter geben, die sagen, das ist alles nicht in Ordnung", rechtfertigte Lafontaine seinen Ausspruch.

Die Leipziger Volkszeitung hatte über diese Äußerung berichtet, die auf einer WASG-Wahlkampfveranstaltung im rheinland-pfälzischen Schöneberg-Kübelberg fiel. Die Zeitung widersprach gestern zugleich Lafontaine, der behauptet hatte, mit dem Ausdruck "Schweinebande" Unternehmen gemeint zu haben, die trotz exorbitanter Gewinne Personal entlassen. Die "Schweinebande" habe sich eindeutig auf die Bundestagsparteien bezogen, erklärte die Zeitung.

strike back at al-Qaeda

Nach den ganzen Horrormeldungen, die in den letzten Tagen aus dem Irak kamen, hier eine positive und erfreuliche Entwicklung.

BAGHDAD, March 6 -- First they killed the chief of the Naim tribe and his son. Then they killed a top tribal sheik who headed the Fallujah city council. Then they assassinated the leader of the al-Jubur tribe.
And now the reported killers of all these men -- al-Qaeda in Iraq, the insurgent group of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi -- have a powerful new enemy.
Tribal chiefs in Iraq's western Anbar province and in an area near the northern city of Kirkuk, two regions teeming with insurgents, are vowing to strike back at al-Qaeda in Iraq, a Sunni Arab-led group that is waging war against Sunni tribal leaders who are cooperating with the Iraqi government and the U.S. military. Anbar tribes have formed a militia that has killed 20 insurgents from al-Qaeda in Iraq, leaders said.
Separately, more than 300 tribal chiefs, politicians, clerics, security officials and other community leaders met last week in Hawijah, about 35 miles southwest of Kirkuk, and "declared war" on al-Qaeda in Iraq. In a communique, the participants vowed "the shedding of blood" of anyone involved in "sabotage, killings, kidnappings, targeting police and army, attacking the oil and gas pipelines and their transporters, assassinating the religious and tribal figures, technicians, and doctors."
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Leaders in Anbar and south of Kirkuk said they opposed both Zarqawi and the American military occupation of Iraq, describing them as feeding off each other to the detriment of the country.
"We are a group of the Anbar people who want to get rid of Zarqawi . . . because this is the only way to make the Americans withdraw from Ramadi or Iraq in general," said Ahmed Abu Ilaf, 30, a welder and member of the new Anbar militia from Ramadi, about 60 miles west of the capital.

Sympathie mit 7/7-Terroristen

In einem Newsday-Artikel wird ein Grund dafür angegeben, weshalb die Ermittler in England Schwierigkeiten haben, den Fall aufzuklären: Die islamistischen Bomber haben viele Sympathisanten. In diesem Zusammenhang möchte ein weiteres mal auf die Dokumentation über Al Qaeda in Europa verweisen.

But anti-terrorism officials say the investigations of the bombings and failed follow-up attacks on July 21 have been slow and difficult. Not only are extremist networks murky and fragmented, but investigators also have run into resistance and radicalization on the street: In a recent poll of British Muslims, almost a quarter of respondents said they felt some sympathy with the motives of the subway bombers.
"The absence of hard data on 7/7 is striking," Shamit Saggar, a political science professor at the University of Sussex, said at the conference at the Royal United Services Institute think tank. "The only way we can explain that is as a significant circle of tacit support existing in that community."
[...]
Three of the four dead bombers were middle-class Britons of Pakistani origin from the northern region of Yorkshire. Investigators suspect that they got help and training from an Al Qaeda network in Pakistan that had targeted Britain before. In contrast, the imprisoned would-be bombers who on July 21 tried to blow up three trains and a bus were East African refugees and ex-convicts based in London.

Neues von al Qaeda Palestine

Es werden immer mehr Belege dafür gefunden, dass al Qaeda eine Zweigstelle in den palästinensischen Gebieten eröffnet hat.

JERUSALEM – An al-Qaida leader as important as overall terror chief Osama bin Laden and the group's Iraq leader Abu Musab Zarqawi will soon reveal himself in the Palestinian territories and orchestrate local and global jihad from the area, according to a pamphlet distributed in the Gaza Strip and obtained by WorldNetDaily.
The pamphlet, signed by a group calling itself the Jaish al Jihad, or Army of Jihad, claimed to speak for al-Qaida. It warned all non-Muslims and foreign embassies to vacate the Palestinian areas within one month.
"Is there now among us a person like Saladin, like Sheik Osama bin Laden, like Abu Musab Zarqawi? The answer is yes. We have this man and he will appear with the help of Allah very soon on the land of Palestine," said the pamphlet, which was intercepted this week by the Palestinian General Intelligence after being circulated in southern Gaza.
The message continued: "We ask all foreigners who are not Muslims to leave our holy Islamic land. We will fight all those who do not believe that Allah is the one and only God. [We will fight] every government that will not apply the rules of Allah and Islam and that chooses to follow the rules of the West and the infidels that bring corruption to our lives and religion like prostitution, alcohol � and drugs."

Synagoge in Tadschikistan wird zerstört

Ich habe keine Ahnung, wo Tadschikistan genau liegt. Ich musste nachschauen, um es irgendwo zwischen China, Afghanistan und Pakistan zu verorten. Dennoch hört man nun, dass in diesem Land die letzte verbliebene Synagoge zerstört werden soll. Ein Grund zu protestieren. Mails an die Botschaft von Tadschikistan können hier geschrieben werden.

The authorities in the central Asian republic of Tajikistan have started to demolish the country's last synagogue.
It is being destroyed to make way for the construction of a new presidential complex in the capital, Dushanbe.
Members of Tajikistan's ancient Jewish community say they have not been given adequate compensation to enable them to build a new synagogue.
Jews have lived in Tajikistan for many centuries, but the community declined after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Bulldozers have already destroyed part of the compound. The demolition of the synagogue building itself is expected to go ahead later in the year.
Dushanbe's small Jewish community, mostly poor and elderly, have almost resigned themselves to losing their only place of worship.
But they say the distant plot of land the government has given them in exchange is inadequate compensation.
They cannot afford to build a new synagogue, and they say the new land, on the edge of the city, is too far away.

Afraid to speak out
The current synagogue sits on a prime site in the middle of the capital, where the government is building a large new office complex for the president.
The rabbi says the community still hopes the government, or international Jewish groups, will help them to acquire an appropriate building for a new synagogue.
But people familiar with the Jewish community in Dushanbe say those opposed to the demolition had been threatened by officials and most of the congregation are afraid to speak out.
Tajikistan's Jews are members of the ancient community of Persian-speaking Bukharan Jews, who have lived in central Asia for more than 2,000 years.
Dushanbe's synagogue was built about 100 years ago, in what was then one of the city's two Jewish quarters.
Two other synagogues in Tajikistan were closed during the Soviet period.
Only about 300 Jews now live in Dushanbe, and less than 1,000 in the entire country.
Tens of thousands have emigrated since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the five year civil war which broke out in Tajikistan immediately afterwards.

"No one [..] will be immune"

Nachdem beinahe die gesamte westliche Welt der Hamas in den Arsch gekrochen ist, erfreut es doch, die folgenden Nachrichten aus Israel zu lesen.

JERUSALEM - Israel's defense minister said Tuesday that the Islamic militant Hamas group's prime minister-designate, Ismail Haniyeh, is not immune from an Israeli targeted killing.
Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told Israel's Army Radio that Israel's policy of pinpointed killings has proven to be effective, and will continue.
"There is no question about its efficacy," Mofaz said. "Look what happened to Hamas in the years it conducted an untrammeled suicide bombing war against us. When we started the targeted killings, the situation changed."
"We will continue the targeted killings at this pace," he added. "No one will be immune."
Hamas, the militant Islamic group sworn to Israel's destruction, swept January parliamentary elections and is in the process of forming a Cabinet. It has rejected international calls to renounce its violent and anti-Israel ideology, but has maintained a year-old moratorium on suicide bombings.
Asked if Hamas' prime minister-designate would be a target if Hamas were to resume its attacks on Israel, Mofaz responded: "If Hamas, a terror organization that doesn't recognize agreements with us and isn't willing to renounce violence, presents us with the challenge of having to confront a terror organization, then no one there will be immune. Not just Ismail Haniyeh. No one will be immune."