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Monday, April 30, 2007

Seeing China Plain

Rising China is....

poisoning its rivers

poisoning the planet's air supply

poisoning America's food supply

planning to invade and conquer Taiwan

building up its military

militarizing space

supporting Sudan

supporting Iran

supporting Syria

sustaining North Korea

conspiring with Russia

crushing the lives and spirit of its peasants and urban underclass

destroying Tibet

slaughtering people to extract and sell their organs

cruel to animals

authoritarian

anti-labor

anti-Christian

anti-American

anti-life

an awful menace.

Hu Calls for Closer Taiwan Ties

Chinese President Hu Jintao is reportedly calling for closer economic and cultural relations with Taiwan to maintain peace in the region as part of an effort to win over the island and curb "secessionist activities."

China's official Xinhua news agency said Hu made the comments Saturday in Beijing at a forum on China and Taiwan business ties.

Xinhua reported that during the forum, the Chinese leader met with the honorary chairman of Taiwan's main opposition party, Lien Chan.

About 500 participants are attending the two-day event, along with officials from China's ruling Communist Party and Taiwan's main opposition Nationalist (Koumintang) Party. They are expected to discuss issues including direct flights from Taiwan to the mainland.

Taiwan and China split in 1949 following a civil war. But Beijing still considers the island as part of its territory and has threatened to use force if necessary to reunite the two sides.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Eurabian Union Condemns Turkish Military

The European (soon to be renamed Eurabian?) Union is doing its level best to sabotage secular Turkey's struggle against rising Islamism by pressuring the Turkish government to curb the influence of its military as part of its EU membership bid.

The Quislings and Chamberlains running the EU are calling the election of the country's new president a "test case" for the Turkish military's respect for democracy.

In reality, the election is a test of totalitarian Islam's ability to hijack a parliamentary process for purposes of taking power--and ending democracy.

The president can veto legislation in Turkey; therefore, the prospect of installing a leading member of the Islamic-oriented government in the position is causing great concern among members of Turkey's establishment, including the nation's most powerful political faction--the men in uniform--who (thankfully) regard themselves as the guardians of the secular system.

The military said late on Friday that it was monitoring the elections with concern, and indicated it was willing to become more openly involved in the process.

In a statement posted on its website, the military said: "This is a test case if the Turkish armed forces respect democratic secularism and the democratic arrangement of civil-military relations.

"It should not be forgotten that the Turkish armed forces is one of the sides in this debate and the absolute defender of secularism.

"When necessary, they will display their attitudes and actions very clearly. No one should doubt that."

Encouraged by the EU (and perhaps also by idiots in America's appeasement-oriented State Department), the Turkish government responded defantly, declaring that the statement was not acceptable in a democracy. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the nation would oppose actions that would hurt political stability.

Speaking to the Turkish Red Crescent in Ankara on Saturday, he said: "This nation has paid a heavy, painful price when the base of stability and confidence has been lost. But it no longer allows, nor will it allow, opportunists who are waiting and paving the way for a disaster."

Erdogan then convened a meeting with Abdullah Gul, the pro-Islamist foreign minister and the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) presidential hopeful, and some cabinet ministers.

On Friday, Gul failed to win enough votes in a controversial first round of voting in parliament. He secured 357 votes--just 10 short of the 367, or two thirds of all deputies--needed to win.

An insufficient number of legislators were present for a quorum, prompting an appeal by opposition membersin the constitutional court. They have called for early elections as the only way out of the impasse.

If the constitutional court rules in favour of the ruling party, Gul is likely to win in the third round when only a simple majority is required.

Though he has promised to uphold Turkey's secular traditions, Gul is an Islamist in secular garb. At best, his victory (God forbid) would strengthen the role of Islam in politics; at worst, he would pave the way for an Islamist takeover.

His party has supported pro-Islamist religious schools and tried to lift the ban on Muslim headscarves in public offices. A ban on the backward, ugly headscarf is a sacred symbol of Turkish secularism; and Gul's wife, Hayrunisa, has made a point of wearing it to show her Islamist leanings.

Hundreds of thousands of people recently demonstrated for secular ideals in the capital, Ankara, and another large rally was planned in Istanbul on Sunday.

If push comes to shove, secularists will support a military coup. The army is arguably the country's most trusted institution; it has staged several coups in past decades, and in 1997 led a campaign that pressured an Islamic party--to which of which Erdogan and Gul both belonged--out of government.

At the time, the military issued warnings to the government to curb religious initiatives, while secularists took to the streets in protest against the government's policies.

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China's State-Owned Tobacco Giants Kill Millions

The World Health Organization warns that smoking may kill a third of all Chinese men now under the age of 29.

Nearly three-quarters of Chinese men are smokers.

All told, smoking-related illnesses are already killing more than a million Chinese each year, according to WHO, and experts believe the death rate could more than double by 2020.

Smoking is an old tradition in China, and a big business for the government, which is far and away the main tobacco producer. State-owned tobacco giants practically mint money by selling cigarettes to China's 350 million smokers. The Hongta group, for example, generates thousands of jobs and funds much-needed infrastructure projects in Yunnan province and other impoverished regions.

Some Communist Party leaders have openly said that stopping smoking could destabilize the country.

The government, however, is beginning to move in the right direction by ratifying the World Health Organization's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. China now bans tobacco advertising and smoking in some public places, and requires large printed warnings on cigarette packs.

The WHO representative in China, Dr. Henk Bekedam, calls ratification an important step.

"That's very encouraging, but it's just like with all the laws," he says. "A law on its own is not enough. It's, at the end of the day, about changing behavior."

In the West, smoking causes a high number of heart-related deaths, but in China, the majority of deaths are due to respiratory diseases, including tuberculosis. Stomach and liver cancers are also big killers.

"George and Shinzo" Agree on Almost Everything, from Disarming N. Korea to Developing Biodiesel

President Bush and visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe say they see eye-to-eye on North Korea. Their summit comes at a critical time in the effort to end Pyongyang's nuclear-weapons program, as some of Abe's fellow conservatives in Japan question a perceived softening of the Bush administration's stance on the North Korean issue. Stephanie Ho of VOA reports from Washington:


The two leaders met at the president's Camp David retreat outside Washington, DC on Friday, after dinner Thursday at the White House.

The talks were wide-ranging, covering issues like the steadfastness of the United States-Japan alliance, cooperation on international issues, nuclear energy and trade.

At a joint news conference, the two leaders showed their comfort with each other by repeatedly using each other's first names, George and Shinzo. President Bush said North Korea dominated much of the discussion.

"We spent a lot of time talking about North Korea and our mutual desire for North Korea to meet its obligations," said President Bush. "Our partners in the six-party talks are patient, but our patience is not unlimited. We expect North Korea to meet all its commitments under the February 13 agreement, and we will continue working closely with our partners."

The six-party talks involve the US and Japan as well as North Korea, China, South Korea and Russia. In February, the six countries reached an agreement under which Pyongyang is to shut down its main nuclear facility and permit international inspectors. If Pyongyang meets deadlines for dismantling its nuclear program, it would receive substantial energy aid. However, the process was thrown into question after Pyongyang missed an April 14 deadline to begin shutting down its facilities because of a dispute over North Korean assets frozen in a Macao bank.

Prime Minister Abe called on the North Koreans to "keep their promise." He spoke through an interpreter: "They need to respond properly on these issues. Otherwise, we will have to take a tougher response on our side."

On other issues, the two leaders showed solidarity on international sanctions against Iran and ongoing reconstruction efforts in Iraq. President Bush pointed out that Tokyo is the second largest international donor to Iraqi reconstruction, after the US.

The two leaders talked about working together to combat climate change and promote alternative energy resources, such as nuclear energy and biodiesel fuels. [Editor's note: Japan is increasingly active in biodiesel development, at home and abroad. China Confidential has learned that the government's Official Development Assistance agency, or ODA, is investigating the feasibility of several major biodiesel production and jatropha seed-oil cultivation projects in Asia and Africa.]

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Zbig Reportedly Pushing 9/11 Conspiracy Theory

Has Zbigniew Brzezinski gone over the edge?

Sources say Jimmy Carter's former National Security Advisor is no longer simply accusing the Bush administration of hyping the war on terror. In private conversation, Brzezinski is now said to be suggesting that the smoke generated by 9/11 conspiracy theorists may conceal real fire--namely, administration complicity in the mega-attacks of more than five-and-a-half years ago.

Brzezinski is reportedly refraining from accusing the administration of actually aiding the Al Qaeda attacks. Instead, sources say, he claims that a "cabal" of high-level officials knew or strongly suspected that a major terrorist attack was likely to occur but did nothing to stop it in order to create a pretext for an endless war abroad and police-state-like powers at home.

At 79, Brzezinski is no stranger to foreign adventures and intrigue. A veteran Israel-basher, the Polish-born political scientiist was primrily responsible for the Carter administration's pro-Islamist policy--a revamped version of late 19th century British attempts to harness militant, fundamentalist Islam in the Crown's competition with Czarist Russia (known as the Great Game). Brzezinski was the architect of America's covert intervention in Afghanistan--before the Soviet invasion of 1980--which was designed to draw Moscow into its own, Vietnam-like quagmire. The intervention achieved its aim--hastening the Soviet crackup--but ultimately blew back in America's face with the rise of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, groups Brzezinki once described as "stirred-up Moslems."

Brzezinski also undermined support for Iran's Shah in an unsuccessful attempt to curry favor with the Ayatollah Khomeini prior to his takeover of the country, which, during the Shah's long reign, had been a valuable American ally and friend of Israel.

Brzezinski is apparently still trying to win over the Iranian Islamists. He recently authored a venemous, pro-Islamist op-ed essay for The Washington Post and, as we have reported, has also been telling anyone who cares to listen that "the Jewish lobby" is pushing the United States into a needless war with Iran, and that the regime in Tehran is actually ready for serious compromise with the West--provided Israel is brought under control and forced to accept the (disastrous) Saudi peace (by piece) plan.

Brzezinski has also been warning Washington insiders and reporters that the US or Israel could be plotting a false-flag operation, or staged provocation, such as a terrorist attack inside the US or an attack on US forces in Iraq, to justify going to war with Iran.

Brit Journos Offer Helping Hand for New Holocaust

Nazi bastards.

The British National Union of Journalists has passed a resolution that urges a boycott of Israeli products. The resolution follows on the (goosestepping, jackbooted) heels of similar resolutions by other so-called British professional unions in recent years. These resolutions all have the same goal: isolating, weakening, and ultimately destroying the Jewish state.

The resolutions recall a perfidious, pre-World War II past: pro-Nazi activities of English aristocrats, industrialists, and intellectuals, led by the nation's wannabe Fuhrer, Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley; and immigration policies designed to prevent large numbers of European Jews seeking to escape the Holocaust from finding refuge in either Britain or British Mandate Palestine--in line with Britain's betrayal of the Balfour Declaration that promised the Jews a homeland in their historic homeland. Antisemitic Britain treated German Jews in the 1930s (a) as "bogus asylum seekers" because their lives were not yet in immediate danger and (b) as "economic migrants" because, having lost their means of livelihood, they would benefit economically by coming to Britain.

The resolutions also recall this: the long road to the gas chambers started with the 1933 Nazi slogan "Kauft nicht bei Juden" ("Don't buy from Jews").

Boycott Britain. The cowardly creeps running the country are clearly bent on appeasing Nazi-like Islamism, even if it means paving the way for Britain's eventual defeat at the hands of the totalitarian Muslim menace.

Post Script: British backers of Islamism also bring to mind William Joyce, better known as Lord Haw-Haw, who broadcast for Hitler and became, in January 1946, the last person to be hanged for treason in Britain. Joyce came from a Northern Irish loyalist family, fanatically devoted to the British Crown. As a teenager, this Irish traitor fought with the Black and Tans against Irish Republicans. He also spied on the Republicans for the British security services, becoming close to MI5's sinister spymaster--and Fascist sympathizer--Maxwell Knight.

China Poisoning US Food Supply

America's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating if ingredients imported from China and used in recalled pet food were spiked intentionally with an industrial chemical to boost their apparent protein content.

If so, is this a case of greed--or bio-terrorism? The FDA won't comment. Officials concede, however, that contaminated foods from China are becoming a growing problem as the Communist Party-ruled country plays a greater part in the global food chain, thanks to globalization. In China, chemical use is high and regulations are lax, or routinely violated (corruption is rampant). The FDA has the authority to inspect imports for contaminants that are in violation of US law; but the agency only has the resources to physically check a small fraction of them.

To make matters worse, China's retail sales arm--the brutal, Main Street-busting behemoth known as Wal-Mart--plans to grow so-called organic food in China. Organic food ... from a country plagued by toxic industrial pollution that taints the water and soil in which the crops are grown. Wonderful.

Back to the FDA. The agency's food sleuths are still awaiting visas that would allow them to visit the Chinese factories where the vegetable protein ingredients were produced. While they're waiting, they could check out the video below to get a feel for what ordinary Americans think about China's newest threat to US national security.

Dear Leader Stars in Pyongyang Propaganda Video

This rare North Korean propaganda video, featuring Dear Leader Kim Jong-il, reflects the insane ideology that has made the nuclear-armed nation one of the most hellish--and heavily armed--places on earth. While the general populace has been forced to suffer and starve, the Stalinist/Kimist regime has established a parallel military economy (somewhat modeled after Communist Cuba), selling Scud missiles and other weapons to Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Yeman, and other countries. Kim has personally profited from counterfeiting US dollars and smuggling drugs--specifically heroin and methamphetamines--a business with annual revenues estimated at around $500 miillion.



Bonus Second Feature: Hitlerian Style for Stalinist Hell....

A Long March Short on Morality

Amid debate over China's recent anti-satellite test and ongoing space warfare program, this video highlights a disturbing disregard for human rights--and human life--in the country's "long march" to the stars.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

From Israel: A Tribute to the IDF

China Intensifies Mideast Meddling

Energy-starved China is increasingly involved in the Middle East, meddling in--and, to some extent, manipulating--the Islamist-Israeli conflict to the detriment of the Jewish state and its chief ally and supporter, the United States.

The chief stratetgist is Beijing's top Arabic-speaking diplomat and special envoy to the region, Sun Bigan.

On Friday, he called on the Palestinians to release captured Israeli soldiers to make way for the resumption of talks and build momentum towards peace in the region. Sun made his comments following a trip to Israel, the Palestinian territories and Saudi Arabia, where he reportedly pushed all parties to engage in peace talks.

"We urged Palestine to make more efforts and to follow the principle of having prisoner swaps with Israel and release the captured soldiers as soon as possible," Sun told reporters. "I expressed condolences and sympathy for the pain they have experienced and also for the suffering of these soldiers.

"We also called on Israel and other parties concerned to take further steps to ease the humanitarian crisis that is quite severely confronting the Palestinian people."

Sun said he met relatives of the two Israeli soldiers, who were kidnapped in the cross-border Hezbollah raid in July that triggered a month-long war in which 1,200 Lebanese, mostly civilians, and 157 Israelis, mostly soldiers, were killed.

Sun said he saw hope in the Saudi land-for-peace initiative originally floated in 2002 and relaunched at an Arab League summit in Riyadh last month, saying it was a sign of momentum towards renewed peace talks. He added that Arab countries supported the move.

"They have emphasised to me that this is their strategic choice," Sun said.

He also denied that China's growing interest in the region was being fuelled by its thirst for oil.

"I think those views are not well-founded and lack sufficient information," he said, asserting that China's role in the Middle East is active and fair and aimed at promoting peace, which is in the interest of all sides including China.

There are those who disagree with that assertion. Acknowledging that their government is keen on strengthening ties to China--for economic and political reasons--some Israeli analysts argue that escalating tensions in the Middle East actually benefit rising China, an ally and major oil customer of Islamist Iran. The Islamist-Israeli dispute and the nuclear standoff with the Iranian mullahocracy absorb US attention and resources and divert attention from China, making it easier for the country's Communist Party rulers to maintain their dictatorship, threaten Taiwan, expand and modernize the Chinese military--including its increasingly ominous space-warfare programs--and compete with the US in terms of access to resources and markets around the world and international influence and prestige.

In short, the Middle East could be the key to further isolating and weakening the US, which China sees as a dying but still dangerous (and economically necessary) Hegemon.

Tensions in the Middle East also boost Beijing's arms sales to the region--especially to Iran and Syria--encouraging further expansion and development of China's defense industries.

The challenge for China, according to the above-referenced analysts, is to manage the tension. A crisis leading to full-blown conflict could disrupt oil supplies and send crude prices skyrocketing--not a good thing for the world's second largest importer of the resource, after the US.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Earth Day Eyewitness: Chinese Air Pollution

An American Model: Miss America 1944

It only takes a few good men ... and women ... to show the way in an era of appeasement and submission to both foreign and domestic terror.

As reported by the news agencies, 82-year-old Venus Ramey, who won the Miss America 1944 title, fired a handgun to stop an intruder last week. She confronted a man on her tobacco farm in south-central Kentucky after she saw her dog run into a storage building where thieves had previously made off with old farm equipment.

She had to balance on her walker--on her walker, for heaven's sake--as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun and shot out the tires on the intruder's car to prevent him from fleeing the scene.

"I didn't even think twice. I just went and did it," she said. "If they'd even dared come close to me, they'd be six feet under by now."

Ramey then flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911.

Ramey has quite a resume. After winning the Miss America contest, she performed in vaudeville while selling war bonds. Her war efforts resulted in a Special Citation from the United States Treasury Department.

In her honor her picture was adorned on a B-17 fighter plane, which made 68 sorties over war-torn Germany and never lost a man. The story made the Associated Press.

During her tenure, she also worked with Senator Kaper of Kansas and Congressman Somner of Missouri on publishing their bills to get suffrage for Washington, DC in 1945. For the first time, the District was able to vote. The bill was passed in both houses and signed by the president.

Legendary Hollywood producer Milton Sperling of Warner Brothers Studio sought to sign Ramey for a major Hollywood film in 1947, but disgusted with show business, she returned home to her Kentucky tobacco farm, which she has maintained for six decades. She married, and began raising her two sons.

Venus Ramey ... a woman with more courage and common sense than a thousand politicians or intellectuals ... or college presidents. If the cowardly creep running Virginia Tech had reacted as quickly and intelligently to the mass murderering maniac "Ismail Ax" when he opened fire last week, many of his victims might still be alive. (Time was, a nut like that suicidal killer would been locked away in a mental hospital instead of being welcomed into a college dorm as an English major--an English major, for heaven's sake--and forced on unsuspecting students. But that was before the liberal/Left idiots took over higher education, having failed to take over the government.)

Venus Ramey ... if she had been President on 9/11 instead of George W. Bush, the alien Saudi scum roaming our great country would have been detained and interrogated instead of airlifted home in high style.

One imagines that for anyone old enough to remember World War II, let alone have contributed to the war effort, these must be painful times.

A Hawk's Rant: Blame Bush for Failed War

Remember the Taliban? Their top turbaned terrorist has reportedly urged his followers to step up suicide attacks on foreign and Afghan troops and remain united.

The deranged fugitive has a $10 million US government bounty on his head.

His followers have killed more than 1,000 civilians in the past year; and the chief of NATO's operations in Afghanistan said on Thursday he expected to see more suicide attacks and roadside bombings from the Taliban, which he described as an increasingly desperate force.

Maybe. Fact is, Omar is still at large, more than five-and-a-half years after his Al Qaeda allies attacked the US on 9/11. Al Qaeda leader Osama Binladen is also assumed to be alive. Their whereabouts are unknown; but it is generally assumed that they live and operate in Pakistan, the country that invented and sustained the Taliban.

That they escaped Afghanistan in the first place is inexcusable. This reporter blames President Bush. Had he sought Congressional approval on 9/12 for a formal declaration of war against Afghanistan, the country that sheltered and aided Al Qaeda, both Binladen and Omar would probably have been killed early on.The US should have retaliated against Afghanistan with unprecedented fury, annihilating the Islamist enemy by any and all military means--including tactical nuclear weapons. The first order of business should have been to destroy the enemy; America's idiotic democracy crusade could have come later, following total victory, if ever.

Instead, the administration took too long to do too little in Afghanistan, relying on the country's notoriously unreliable and corrupt warlords for most of the fighting. The warlords allowed Binladen and Omar and their most senior leaders to flee. The warlords were bribed; but they were also (not-so-secretly) sympathetic to the Islamist cause.

Why the US screwed up so badly is still a mystery. It seems that even in response to the worst-ever attacks on American soil, the American government--in contrast with the American people, who would have supported a truly massive military response--was determined to cling to old ways of thinking and operating, including a policy of covertly trying to harness rather than destroy Radical Islam.

The policy is even more visibile today, as State Department appeasers and their supporters in the US foreign policy establishment promote the notion that it is possible to "do business" with so-called moderate Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood that provided Al Qaeda's core, and elements of Iran's nuclearizing, Nazi-like regime.

It appears that right from the get-go, Washington's focus was on needlessly invading a contained secular enemy, Iraq, despite all the tough talk about hunting down and bringing to justice the leading Islamist mass murderers. Instead of wiping out the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan--even if it meant cratering the stinking hell-hole--and knocking out the regime running Islamist Iran, while bringing the duplicitous, dysfunctional Saudi rulers in line--at the point of a gun, if necessary--the Bush administration attacked a boxed-in despot with no meaningful Islamist ties--and no WMD, as we have learned.

As a result of America's monumental strategic blunder--and failure to wage Western-style warfare against the enemy--Al Qaeda is adapting and growing; Radical Islam is rising from Morocco to Malaysia; non-Arab Iran and its Lebanese Shiite proxy Hezbollah have emerged as the key players in what was once quaintly called the Arab-Israeli conflict; Iraq is fast becoming an Iranian satellite; an Islamist revival threatens secular Syria; and the bearded, smiling visage of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has joined the Syrian regime's political iconography, sharing poster and tee-shirt space with the present dictator and his deceased father.

No wonder even hawks are calling the "War on Terror"
a phony war.

America's Awesome Defense Industry Inspires Hope

Any mission. anytime, anywhere. This video offers a dramatic glimpse of future US combat systems aimed at assuring that victory over the enemy will always be possible. If only the politicians and pundits would stop stabbing the military in the back....

Thursday, April 19, 2007

You Don't See This in Muslim Countries!

Chinese Economy Continues to Surge Ahead

China's economy, the fourth largest in the world, grew 11.1 percent in the first quarter compared with the same period a year earlier.

China's National Bureau of Statistics says the growth in gross domestic product in the first quarter was due to large and increasing rates of growth in nearly every economic sector.

Exports, a major driver of the Chinese economy, were up by 27.8 percent, while output by heavy industry rose 19.6 percent.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao last month said the government was aiming to slow growth to eight percent growth this year. But most economists say they doubt that target will be reached.

On one point there is widespread agreement: the government will continue to look for ways--including raising interest raites--to slow the economy down.

Beijing's central bank has already raised interest rates and the proportion of cash banks have to keep in reserve in an attempt to control the amount of money in circulation. Even so, the amount of cash rose 16.7 percent in the first quarter.

China's stock markets closed lower as investors speculated that the central bank would again raise interest rates to try to dampen liquidity and excess investment.

Visions of an Oil-Free Future



Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Found on YouTube: Israel You Won't See on CNN

The enemies plot and plan, dream and scheme. But the nation of Israel lives--and thrives.

Some video you won't see on CNN ... or NBC ... or BBC....







Is UN Nuke Watchdog Working for Iran?

The top United Nations nuclear watchdog--is he an Iranian agent of influence?

It's a fair question, given his recent statements. Mohamed ElBaradei, who heads the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is basically conducting a propaganda and disinformation campaign aimed (a) at helping Islamist Iran stall for time in its nuclear standoff with the West, and (b) at disarming--or, at least, discrediting and isolating--Israel ahead of an Arab/Iranian attack.

ElBaradei is an enemy of the Jewish state. He made that clear Sunday when he said both Israel and Iran should be denied nuclear weapons--that a Middle East free of nuclear weapons was key to ensuring regional stability.

"At the end of the day, the Middle East should be a zone free of weapons of mass destruction, a zone in which Israel and Iran are both members," ElBaradei said on a visit to Jordan. "This is the last chance to build a security system in the Middle East based on cooperation and trust and not the possession of nuclear weapons."

Israel has the region's only atomic arsena--arguably, one reason the country is still alive. Jerusalem has said it could enter talks on regional disarmament, but only after a comprehensive peace deal is secured.

ElBaradei spoke up for Iran on Tuesday, telling reporters in Vienna the mullahocracy does not pose an immediate nuclear threat and the world must act cautiously to avoid repeating mistakes made with Iraq and North Korea. The international community shouldn't "jump the gun" with erroneous information as the American-led coalition did in Iraq in 2003, he said. Nor should the world push Iran into retaliation as international sanctions did in North Korea, he added.

The next day, the IAEA sent a confidential documen to the 35 member states of its board of governors, informing them that Iran has assembled some 1,300 centrifuges at Natanz, a key underground nuclear plant, and has started to feed them with the uranium gas necessary for enriching uranium.

The document contradicts the IAWA position of only a week ago--namely, that Iran has yet to achieve industrial-scale uranium enrichment in keeping with its boast.

Iran has eight cascades of 164 centrifuges each at a heavily-bunkered underground facility in Natanz and "some UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) is being fed," the document said.

ElBaradei is an Egyptian, who began his career in 1964, under Nasser, in the Egyptian Diplomatic Service in New York and Geneva, where he served during the Six-Day War of 1967 and the 1973 war waged by Anwar Sadat.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Holocaust Survivor Slain Protecting Students

From AP.... A 76-year-old Holocaust survivor killed while trying to protect his students from a gunman at Virginia Tech will be buried in Israel, relatives said.

Relatives said Tuesday that Liviu Librescu, an internationally respected aeronautics engineer and a lecturer at the school for 20 years, saved the lives of several students by barricading his classroom door before he was gunned down in Monday's massacre, which coincided with Israel's Holocaust remembrance day.

Librescu survived the Holocaust and fled Communist Romania for Israel, where he lived before moving to the U.S.

His widow, Marlena, told Channel 10 TV that he would be buried in Israel, and arrangements were being made. It was not known when the funeral would take place.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Librescu's heroism recalls the efforts of two Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympic Games massacre. Israeli wrestling coach Moshe Weinberg attacked the Palestinian terrorists as his fellow athletes were being moved from one location to another, allowing one of his wrestlers, Gad Tsobari, to escape. Weinberg knocked one of the intruders unconscious and stabbed another with a fruit knife before being shot to death. Weightlifter and father of three Yossef Romano, 31, also attacked and wounded one of the terrorists before being killed. The terrorists then succeeded in rounding up nine Israelis to hold as hostages.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Shooting Rampage Raises Troubling Questions

Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech--the deadliest mass shooting in American history--highlights at least one tragic reality: more than five years and seven months after 9/11, almost eight years to the day after the Columbine High School bloodbath--in which two Colorado teenagers killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before taking their own lives--the United States still does not take security seriously. Not really.

It is incomprehensible and inexcusable that the gunman was able to open fire in a dorm and then ... two hours later ... in a classroom across campus after the administration had essentially allowed--or encouraged--students to carry on as usual.

One student who was interviewed by the Fox television network said he and his girlfriend were walking toward the engineering building, where most of the victims died, and only prevented from entering the facility by an alert policeman who led them to the safety of his patrol car. From there, the two students observed wounded or dead shooting victims being carried from the building.

Another student told CNN: "I'm pretty outraged that someone died in a shooting in a dorm at 7 o'clock in the morning and the first e-mail about it--no mention of locking down campus, no mention of canceling classes--they just mention that they're investigating a shooting two hours later at 9:22."

He added: "That's pretty ridiculous, and meanwhile, while they're sending out that e-mail, 22 more people got killed."

Actually, at least 30 or 31 more people got killed.

The massacre followed a spate of recent bomb threats--to the engineering building.

Why weren't the students told to lock down and barricade themselves into their rooms early in the morning right after the first shooting, when the gunman was still at large?

Why, after Columbine and 9/11, do universities still lack relatively simple but effective security measures--for example, a campus-wide siren system that could signal evacuation or lockdown orders?

As our prayers and thoughts go out to the victims and their families, let us also resolve to get to the bottom of what happened so that we as a nation may finally do our best to prevent such an awful tragedy from ever happening again.

The administration may seek to deliberately divert attention from its own apparent mistakes and missteps by emphasizing the need for "healing" and psychological assistance to the survivors and the victims' families at the expense of relentless fact-finding and rigorous analysis. Certainly, help is needed. Nobody disputes that. But the best therapy--and the most appropriate memorial to the victims--would be a series of concrete steps to improve security on campus and share valuable knowledge and insights with other schools and institutions.

Again, along with tragic and shocking ... and sickening ... incomprenesible and inexcusable are words that come to mind.

Never again.

Post Script: Classes were canceled on the first day of school last August, and students were told to stay in their rooms, when a hunt for an escaped inmate accused of killing a sheriff's deputy and a security guard ended with his capture at Virginia Tech. The escaped inmate, described by state and local law enforcement officials as an "anti-government survivalist," was found hiding shirtless and shoeless in a briar patch near campus athletic fields and less than 150 yards from where he is alleged to have shot and killed a popular and highly decorated sheriff's deputy.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Islamist Terror Strikes Again in North Africa

North Africa's Islamist suicide bombers struck again Saturday, for the third time in a week.

In the bustling port city of Casablanca, Morocco, two brothers wearing explosive belts blew themselves up within moments of each other outside the American consulate and the privately run American Language Center. The buildings are located on the same street, but several blocks apart.

A bystander was slightly injured by the blasts; security barriers prevented the bombers from getting close to their targets. There were no other casualties.

Last Tuesday, three Islamist suicide bombers in Casablanca--Morocco's largest city--blew themselves up after a confrontation with police.

The next day, in neighboring Algeria, 33 people were killed when car bombers attacked the Government Palace in the capital, Algiers, and a suburban police station (see story below).

Intelligence experts warn that terrorists are likely to strike again--soon--in both countries.

"The potential for violence against American interests and citizens and other Western targets remains high in Morocco," the US consulate in Casablanca said in a statement.

"Moroccan authorities continue to disrupt groups seeking to attack US- or Western-affiliated targets and arrest individuals associated with international terrorist groups.

"Establishments which are readily identifiable with the United States are potential targets for attacks. These may include facilities where US citizens and other foreigners congregate, including clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, hotels, movie theaters and other public areas."

The consulate said US government personnel in Casablanca were advised to "remain at home."

Islamism is on the rise in North Africa. In Algeria, where 200,000 people died in an Islamist-led civil war, the military is the key to saving the country from an Islamist revolution. The same is true for most countries in the region: absent an iron fist, Islamists will take power.

America's foreign policy establishment, unfortunately, disagrees. From the State Department to the Council on Foreign Relations, there is a growing consensus that represssion is the "root cause" of Islamist terror, and that liberalization is the answer to addressing the "legitimate grievances" of the terrorists.

Instead of a war on Islamism, or Radical Islam, the appeasement and accommodation camps are pushing the line that the movement is not monolithic. The tendency is to "engage" so-called moderate Islamists with whom the US can supposedly do business (as usual).

The thinking is decades old, dating to the fall of the Shah of Iran, whom the Carter administration pressured into liberalizing at precisely the wrong time. Encouraged by US diplomatic signals--and back-channel discussions--opposition Islamists smelled blood and sensed that victory was within their grasp.

It was, and the rest is history, as the saying goes.

Are US policy-makers doomed to repeat the lessons of Iran in North Africa?

Saturday, April 14, 2007

A Timely Tribute to Algerian Rai

A battle for Algiers.

Security measures have been reinforced in Algeria following Wednesday's suicide bombings in the capital, Algiers, which killed 33 people and wounded more than 220.

Al Qaeda's North African branch--the Salafista Group for Preaching and Combat--claimed credit for the attacks. The group published photographs of three men it said were the bombers on the Internet.

The United States embassy in Algiers warned that militants may be planning new terror attacks in the center of the capital.

The attacks came only a day after three suicide bombers blew themselves up and a fourth was killed by police in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.

In light of the news from Algeria, it seems appropriate to present a tribute to Rai, the country's popular music genre to which Islamists are violently opposed because of its often irreverent tone and the fact that Rai singers freely address such taboo issues as romantic love, drugs, and alcohol.

Islamist threats forced Rai star Cheb Khaled to move to Paris in 1986.



Another legendary Rai artist, Cheb Hasni, remained in Algeria. He was murdered in 1994 outside his parents' home in the Gambetta district of Oran, birthplace of Rai (Arabic for "opinion") in the 1930s. The following year, on February 15, 1995, Rai's most important producer, Rachid Baba-Ahmed, was assassinated in Oran.

As Expected, Appeasement Advocates are Encouraged and Concerned by Bad News

Another embarrassingly bad week for advocates of appeasing totalitarianism. Not to worry: cooler heads will pevail. And so much is happening behind the scenes. And ... so it goes.

A brief roundup:

Rising China's Stalinist/Kimist vassal, North Korea, blew off a key deadline (see story below), and the four-year-old struggle to get the rogue regime to begin dismantling its nuclear programs remained stalled Saturday.

Beijing urged patience, while America's dumbbell diplomats said they were "concerned" but also "encouraged." (They have yet to figure out if Pyongyang's program is limited to plutonium bombs or includes clandestine uranium enrichment.)

So much for the Korean peninsula. Over in Iran, the nuclear-arming mullahocracy--China's most important ally in the Muslim world--continued to defy the West with its uranium enrichment boasts.

Tehran's turbaned tyrants also turned up the heat in Lebanon. Amid reports that Iranian proxy Hezbollah was preparing for a summer war with Israel, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah made a fiery speech suggesting a determination to take power in Lebanon even if it leads to a new civil war. (Nasrallah is now a looming influence in Syria. The secular Baathist dictatorship, as part of an attempt to appease an Islamist revival sweeping the country, has promoted his beaming, bearded visage in banners, posters, and tee-shirts.)

The bloodshed in Iraq picked up at week's end with suicide bombings in Baghdad that killed dozens of civilians. Still, Washington clings to the notion that a combination of military force and diplomacy can somehow end the war without leaving competing Iranian-backed and Al Qaeda-associated factions in charge of the fractured country.

There was one piece of good news in the region. While Iraq's Islamist maniacs were spilling innocent blood Saturday, more than 300,000 Turks marched to try to stop the ruling AK Party from picking Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as their presidential candidate next week because of his Islamist roots. The party was spawned by rightwing political Islam. The possibility of a presidency headed by Erdogan has split secular but predominantly Muslim Turkey, which is seeking European Union membership.

"Turkey is secular and will remain secular," protesters shouted as they waved national flags and banners of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, revered founder of the republic that separated religion and state.

Some protesters called on the government to resign and chanted: "We don't want an imam as president."

Erdogan has supporters and sympathizers in the US foreign policy establishment. They see him as a model, so-called moderate, "Islamist-leaning" leader.

*****
GRATUITOUS, FULL-DISCLOSURE, VIDEO/TEXT SIDEBAR: Speaking of Turkish models....



This reporter has long been a fan of Turkey--and Turkish pop music.



Friday, April 13, 2007

Dumbbell Diplomats "Encouraged" by NK Duplicity

Off to a bad start--nuclear-armed North Korea is missing a key deadline--but America's appeasement-minded, dumbbell diplomats will try their best to put a good face on a bad situation.

There is no chance that Pyongyang will shut down its Yongbyon reactor complex by Saturday as envisaged in the February 13 Beijing agreement.

But State Department officials insist that they are encouraged by a Friday statement from the Stalinist/Kimist regime that it intends to respect its commitments under the six-party accord. The so-caled lapse, according to State, does not mean the painstakingly-negotiated deal is crumbling. On the contrary, officials say; the United States still expects North Korea to act in good faith.

Right. And if you believe that, China Confidential has a bridge for sale in Brooklyn.

The agreement called for North Korea to shut down and seal the Yongbyon site within 60 days of the February accord, in return for an initial supply of 50,000 tons of fuel oil. Over the long term, Pyongyang is to dismantle its entire nuclear program, including its weapons effort, in exchange for a million tons of fuel, or equivalent aid, and an array of other benefits, including normal diplomatic ties with the US and Japan.

The first phase of implementation stalled over the return of $25 million in North Korean funds that had been frozen since 2005 in a Macau-based Chinese bank. The US Treasury Department said the bank was a front for North Korean counterfeiting and other illicit activity--which it was.

Meanwhile, there is mounting concern that the whole agreement is hopelessly flawed. It addresses North Korea's plutonium program--the regime may have a dozen or so bombs--but ignores evidence of clandestine uranium enrichment.

Post Script: "They need to call the IAEA (UN International Atomic Energy Agency)," Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said when asked what North Korea could do to meet Saturday's deadline. "That would certainly be an indication that they are getting ready to do what they agreed in the February agreement."

His language is off the mark: telling North Korea what "they need" to do is not likely to work.

Cuba May Have Helped Iran's Germ War Program

While the world's attention has been focused on Iran's suspect nuclear program, the Islamist regime may have developed a small but viable biological warfare arsenal--with the help of America's neighbor, Communist Cuba.

This is the view of a handful of intelligence experts; but it should be taken seriously. If these analysts are right, Iran's military and Islamic Revolutionary Guard units may be able to effectively deliver bio-warfare agents within a decade.

The regime may already have bio-terrorism capabilities, thanks to Cuba.

A high-level Cuban defector--former army colonel Roberto Ortega, who headed Cuba's military medical services for many years--claims Havana can produce many types of toxins that could be delivered, Al Qaeda-style, using suicide bio-bombers. The deadly germs allegedly include bubonic plague, botulism and yellow fever.

Research and development is conducted under cover of Cuba's advanced biotechnology industry, which has produced vaccines for hepatitis and meningitis B and exported them to dozens of countries around the world.

The civilian-run Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana is an important biowarfare front, according to Ortega, who now lives in South Florida. He says he has told the CIA about a top-secret underground Cuban facility southwest of Havana. The installation is located beneath an above-ground civilian cover organization, Ortega says.

Defectors and analysts note that comments by Cuban dictator Fidel Castro seem to suggest a readiness to attack the US with bio-bombs in the event of an international crisis. In February 1997, he compared Washington to a dragon and Cuba to a lamb and warned that if the dragon tried to eat the lamb, it would find its meal "poisoned."

SIDEBAR: Ortega might be able to shed some light on rumors that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro underwent rectal shark cartilage treatments for stomach cancer. The former medical services chief was responsible for approving Cuban shark cartilage clinical trials with terminally ill cancer patients, as reported in 1993 by the CBS-TV news program, "60 Minutes."

Will Ahmadinejad Destroy Iran?

The nuclear standoff with Iran goes on, with the Islamist regime vowing to expand and accelerate suspect uranium enrichment amid increasing international doubts about its actual achievements. The United Nations nuclear watchdog agency says Iran is is operating only several hundred centrifuges at its uranium enrichment plant at Natanz, despite its claims to have activated 3,000.

The UN analysis supports the view that Tehran could be bluffing in order to present the world with a fait accompli.

This much is certain: Iran is determined to have nuclear weapons to match its ballistic missile arsenal. We therefore expect tensions--and oil prices--to continue to rise.

Like Hitler before the Second World War, the mullahocracy's monster-in-chief, Mahmud Ahmadinejad, is testing Western will and resolve. Hence, Iran's kidnapping and humiliation of the Royal Navy service personnel, who were returned "as a gift."

Ahmadinejad seems supremely confident; but so did Hitler for many years. In the end, history shows that madmen are both destructive and self-destructive. This video makes the point.

China: Killing Fields and Poisoned Pet Foods

China's export of contaminated wheat gluten used in the manufacture of pet food--which has been blamed for killing scores of cats and dogs in the United States--has focused attention on the dreadful food safety situation in the Middle Kingdom.

Pesticide-laden pea pods, drug-laced catfish, filthy plums and crawfish contaminated with salmonella are among the items routine rejected at US ports.

The following video exposes another issue: China's shocking culture of cruelty--i.e. the horrific slaughter and abuse of dogs and cats and other animals. Warning: the images are extremely disturbing.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

From the Archives: Saudi Hate Session

In case you missed it ... former Jordanian cabinet minister preaches annihilation of "the Jews" on Saudi TV.

Last time we checked, Jordan and Saudi Arabia were supposed to be American allies of some sort.

Click and play ... but be sure to bring a vomit bag.

Ahmadinejad and Hitler-Schicklgruber

Give credit where credit is due.

Iran's Hitler admiring (but Holocaust denying) monster-in-chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, seems to be debunking the Hitler-Schicklguber myth--meaning, the belief that a madman with a funny-sounding name (to foreigners) could never mesmerize a nation.

Adolf Hitler's father, Alois, was born Schicklgruber; and Allied propaganda during the Second World War made much of this fact. The notion of German crowds chanting, "Heil Schicklgruber!" has always seemed ridiculous, to the point where many have wondered if the Nazi leader could have ever come to power without the Hitler name.

CBS Fires Racist Radio Personality

Big Media did the right thing.

CBS fired the ultra-rich, racist radio personality Don Imus, after NBC canceled his MSNBC (cable) simulcast.

Imus was initially suspended for two weeks after he called the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos" on the air last week.

Think about this: in New York City, where Imus broadcast from his flagship station, there are African-Americans whose parents were victims of the Ku Klux Klan. There are African-Americans whose great-grandparents--and perhaps, even, grandparents--were slaves.

That's right--slaves.

The broadcaster's notorious antisemitism--he has joked on-air about "thieving Jews" and off-mike about the Holocaust--also prompts this thought: in New York City, there are people with numbers burned into their arms, men and women whose families and loved ones were murdered before their eyes. These people should not have to be subjected to the filth of the demented Don Imus.

It is tempting to call him a racist pig. But that would be an insult to pigs. Unlike Imus, pigs are innocent animals worthy of respect and humane treatment. Imus, in contrast, is a fiend.

Post Script: This reporter is a second-generation native New Yorker--and a proud Jew. Truth be told, an ordinary insect is more respect-worthy than a Nazi-immitating Imus. Anyone who accepts his fake apology is a sucker or a fool.

Syrian Intrigue: Islamist Dreams, Dictator Schemes

Syria is playing a dangerous game--with deadly cards.

The Baathist regime is gambling that it can (a) harness the Islamist revival sweeping the once-secular nation, and (b) use the fear of an Islamist takeover to scare the United States and Israel into submitting to Syrian demands for the return of the strategic Golan Heights, which Israel captured during the Six-Day War almost 40 years ago.

In the following video, a Syrian-French researcher asserts that Islamism has captured public opinion and culture throughout the Arab world.



As if to prove the point ... Syria's deputy minister of religion compares Jews to "apes and pigs" in this video.



As shown by this chilling clip from Saudi TV, featuring an indoctrinated child, the "apes and pigs" theme is popular in the region.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Racist Radio Star Joked About Holocaust

One of America's richest radio personalities--the aging, alcoholic antisemite Don Imus--has been suspended for two weeks for his on-air racist remarks. A good start. But only a start. Firing the piece of human feces would be more appropriate. In fact, in a healthy society a creep like Imus would be compelled to hide from humanity for the rest of his rotten, racist life.

Here's the story that the mainstream media is ignoring or chooses not to report: Away from the sanctuary of his studio, Imus has been known to joke about the Holocaust--laughing about lampshades and soap made from Jewish death camp inmates was an Imus favorite during his drunken years--and Ku Klux Klan lynchings. In recent days, he has been heard suggesting that a Jewish conspiracy is working overtime to lure the United States into attacking nuclearizing, Islamist Iran.

For more about Imus' antisemitism click here.

The "nappy-headed hos" broadcast is set forth below.



And Imus ranting about "money grubbing" Jews can be seen here....

Iranian Inspired by History of Nazi Rocket Program

Iran's Hitler admiring (but Holocust denying) monster-in-chief, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has supposedly spent some time studying the history of Nazi Germany's rocket warfare program. Ahmadinejad's conclusion, not surprisingly, which he is believed to have shared with members of the Islamist regime, is that Berlin might have won World War II had it begun the conflict with an arsenal of V-2 rockets.

Although it was not deployed by the German army until the war's later stages, the Vergeltungswaffe 2 ("Vengeance Weapon 2") was a devastating weapon. V-2 attacks on London killed an estimated 2,754 civilians and injured another 6,523. Approximaely 160 civilians were killed in one explosion in a Woolworth's department store in New Cross, south-east London. An attack on a cinema in Antwerp, Belgium killed 567.

End Iranian Menace Before it Ends Us

Enough said. The video images are worth thousands of words.

Monday, April 09, 2007

Memo to Islamist Scum

THESE COLORS DON'T RUN!

Iranian-Backed Iraqi Islamists Defy America

As if to prove that America's war on clerical fascist Islamism is in fact a fraud, tens of thousands of supporters of Iraq's Iranian-backed Shiite Islamist leader, Moqtada al-Sadr, responded to his call for mass demonstrations in the Shiite holy city of Najaf Monday, on the fourth anniversary of the fall of (secular fascist) Baghdad.

The Islamist scum chanted: "Get out occupier!" They waved Iraqi flags and banners saying "Down with Bush, Down with America."

By midday their wannabe Iraqi fuhrer--a piece of human filth that should have been exterminated years ago--had not made an appearance at the rally. In his place, an Iranian stooge--Iraqi parliamentarian Nasir Rubai--told the crowd that the United States, which he called "an invading enemy," is targeting the dignity of the Iraqi people.

After four years of warfare, he said, there are hundreds of thousands of dead and injured Iraqis.

Also addressing the rally was the Iranian agent and clerical fascist Abdul Hadi al Muhammad Awi, a so-called Shiite spiritual leader, who called for the withdrawal of "the last American soldier."

In a related development, Iran on Monday claimed to have made a dramatic leap forward in its nuclear program by enriching uranium "on an industrial scale."

Iranian monster-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad made the announcement with pomp and ceremony at the heart of the regime's nuclear program, the uranium enrichment facility at Natanz.

Question: Why is he still alive?

Another question: Why are the Shiite and Sunni Islamist scum of Iraq--the militia and death squad members--still alive?

Still another question: How can the Bush administration face the American people? Nearly five years and seven months after 9/11, the Islamist enemy defies and provokes--and plots our doom. How is this possible?

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Seeing Egypt Plain?

As shown by this shocking interview with a truly sick, Egyptian psychologist, the deadly disease of Islamism has reached epidemic proportions. He argues that suicide bombers love life, and that Israel must be "thrown into the sea."

State Department Suggested Pelosi Don Headscarf

This is no Easter bonnet story.

Turns out, there is more to the controversy surrounding Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi's shameful donning of an Islamic headscarf than meets the eye.

China Confidential has learned that the left-leaning Speaker of the House was actually advised to adopt the ugly symbol of submission to backwardness and terrorism during her visit to Syria by our own State Department, despite the Bush administration's public criticism of her outrageous "fact-finding" mission.

Reason: in the name of democracy, ascendant appeasement advocates at State wanted to signal a supposed faction of so-called moderate Syrian Islamists that the United States is sympathetic to their struggle against the secular Syrian regime.

An Islamist revival is sweeping Syria and threatening Baath Party rule, and the US, incredibly, seems to think that this is a good thing. More than five-and-a-half years after the Islamist attacks of 9/11, America's dumbbell diplomats--led by the duplicitous Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice--still believe they can ride the Islamist tiger, in keeping with decades of covert and overt backing for rightwing political Islam dating to US support for the Muslim Brothers of Egypt during the time of Nasser.

The cynical bipartisan policy, which blew back in our faces on 9/11, has not been discredited; rather, it has been revamped. The old Cold War rationale of supporting Islamism to counter Soviet expansion and influence and suspect Arab nationalism and pseudo-socialism has been replaced with the cockeyed concept that the only realistic alternative to clerical-fascist Islamism is "democratic Islamism"--an oxymoron only an intellectual, or US diplomat, could concoct and embrace.

Back to Syria. The Islamist threat to decades of secular dictatorship is largely a result of the regime's unsuccessful efforts to accommodate Islam itself. After crushing the Muslim Brothers in the early 1980s with great ferocity, the Baathists built hundreds of mosques throughout the country and encouraged people to practice pious but non-militant Islam. The policy backfired: Islamist preachers took over the mosques, and banned Islamist books were published and distributed widely.

Another military solution seems unlikely. Instead, the regime continues to promote moderate Islam, while aligning itself with Islamist Iran, Hezbollah, and Hamas.

Meanwhile, headscarves have proliferated, even in the most upscale Damascus neighborhoods.

Nancy was in step and in style.

Post Script: While the fawning San Francisco Democrat was submitting to Islamist insanity, the female British hostage, Royal Navy Seaman Faye Turney, was being coerced into wearing a headscarf by her Iranian captors for propaganda purposes. One would think Pelosi would have had the decency and common sense to discard her own stupid scarf in protest.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Gathering Threat, Growing Calls for Appeasement

Easter 2007 ... nearly five years and seven months after the Islamst attacks of 9/11. Al Qaeda is resurgent; Iran, defiant. The threat to the West is more serious than at any time since the 1930s. Incredibly, the pro-appeasement camp also seems more influential. This video puts matters in perspective.

Friday, April 06, 2007

The China Threat--to the Environment

An inconvenient truth: China is the second largest source of greenhouse gases after the United States.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Profile in Courage: Wafa Sultan

Wafa Sultan is an incredibly courageous, Syrian-born psychologist who emigrated to the United States in 1989. A naturalized citizen, she has become famous since 9/11 for her participation in Middle East political debates, her widely circulated Arabic essays, and her television appearances on Al-Jazeera and CNN. This video, seen by more than a million people via the Internet, is from a weekly, Al Jazeera discussion program. Sultan spoke from Los Angeles, where she resides, arguing with host Faisal al-Qassem and Dr. Ibrahim Al-Khouli about Samuel P. Huntington's controversial Clash of Civilizations theory. Like Sultan, we disagree with Huntington. The term clash, in our view, implies a conflict caused by both sides; rather, Radical Islam, or Islamism, has declared war--jihad--on the West, seeking nothing less than the conquest of Europe and the destruction of the US and its ally, Israel.

On Location: Jatropha Biodiesel in India

Jatropha (scroll for the story) is probably the best oil-yielding crop for commercial production of biodiesel, the world's fastest-growing alternative fuel. A true miracle plant, Jatropha cultivation could break the cycle of poverty across much, if not most, of the developing world. This documentary covers India, with fascinating information about biodiesel advances in Europe.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

America Blamed for British Hostage Crisis

Within minutes of yesterday's announcement by Iranian monster-in-chief Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he would release the British hostages, the new party line by Western appeasers and Fifth Column traitors was taking shape as follows:

(1) America caused the crisis. Washington pushed Iran into lashing out by escalating tensions over the nuclear issue. Iran's offensive act--kidnapping the 15 Royal Navy service personnel--was actually defensive. Black is white. Night is day. And so on and so forth.

(2) The outcome of the crisis was a defeat for Iranian hard-liners, including Ahmadinejad. Cooler turbans prevailed. The regime's moderates must be encouraged.

(3) Diplomacy worked; it can still preserve the peace and put an end to the nuclear standoff. Military action must be avoided at all costs.

Bush Should Push African Miracle Crop for Biodiesel

"The use of vegetable oils for engine fuels may seem insignificant today. But such oils may in the course of time become as important as petroleum and the coal tar products of present time."
-Dr. Rudolf Diesel (1858-1913), inventor of the engine named for him, which was intended to run on vegetable oil.

President Bush is missing a huge opportunity to save his presidency--and the planet.

He could begin to break both America's addiction to oil and the cycle of poverty in much of the developing world by promoting the cultivation of Jatropha Curcas--an ideal feedstock crop for production of non-polluting, non-toxic biodiesel, the world's fastest growing alternative fuel. One hectare (2.4 acres) of Jatropha can yield enough seed-oil to make about 1500 liters (nearly 400 gallons) of biodiesel--roughly four times the output of soy.

A rugged perennial--plant in once and it will grow for 50 years--Jatropha can grow in infertile soil, even in drought conditions, from West Africa to West Texas. The bushy tree stops--and may even reverse--desertification. Animals do not graze on Jatropha. Most important, the poorest people on earth could earn a living from sustainable Jatropha cultivation and processing.

Experts say more than half the land in Africa might be used for Jatropha cultivation. In principle, if 25 percent of the 50 percent were to be used for this purpose, Africa could supply enough Jatropha oil-based biodiesel to meet America's annual petroleum needs.

Some 30 million hectares of wasteland in India--about half the county's total infertile land--could be allocated to Jatropha. The cost of producing biodiesel from Jatropha in India is estimated at US$0.43–US$0.54 per liter. The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) of India is undertaking a 10-year pilot project, in conjunction with BP, to cultivate 8,000 hectares of wasteland with Jatropha and install the equipment necessary to produce nine million liters of biodiesel a year. The TERI project hopes to expand to eventually produce 10 times that quantity; and the Indian government is considering a national initiative to plant 400,000 hectares of Jatropha in 22 of India's 28 states.

Jatropha originated in the Caribbean and has spread all over the world. Jatropha plantations already exist on the island of Hispaniola, in the Dominican Repubic. Across the border, in impoverished, Haiti, as we have reported, Chinese state-owned companies are trying to lease one of the region's largest land tracts for cultivating the miracle crop.

Post Script: In the United States, algaes probably present the best option for producing biodiesel in quantities sufficient to completely replace petroleum. While traditional crops have yields of around 50-150 gallons of biodiesel per acre per year, algaes can yield 5,000-20,000 gallons per acre per year. Important research indicates that algaes grow best off of waste streams--agricultural, animal, or human--and that wastewater treatment facilities could be redesigned to use raceway algae ponds as the primary treatment phase, with the dual goal of treating the waste and growing algae for biodiesel extraction. The algae mush--what is left after extracting the oil--could be used as a fertilizer.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

China Tightening Ties to Sudan's Military

China is stepping up its so-called energy diplomacy, letting the world know in no uncertain terms that the rising Asian giant does not give a damn about human rights in oil-rich nations.

Beijing boldy declared Tuesday that it would push forward with military cooperation with Sudan, despite the Islamist-leaning nation's support for militias that have slaughtered hundreds of thousands of civilians in Darfur. During a visit by Sudanese Military Chief of Staff Haj Ahmed El Gaili to the Chinese capital, Chinese Defense Minister Cao Gangchuan Minister said his government is willing to further develop cooperation between the two militaries in "every sphere."

"Military relations between China and Sudan have developed smoothly," Cao told his Sudanese guest, who is in China for an eight-day visit that began Sunday.

Smoothly--indeed. China is the biggest buyer of Sudan's oil and the largest arms supplier to Khartoum, whose militias that have raped and killed about 200,000 people in Darfur and driven millions from their homes during a four-year civil war.

Western nations have long urged China to use its influence with Sudan to facilitate moving United Nations peacekeepers into the war-torn region; but China has instead used its veto power in the UN Security Council to prevent stronger condemnation of Khartoum.

China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang Tuesday urged Sudan to be more flexible on the deployment of UN troops. However, he indicated that China would not support tougher measures against Khartoum.

"We think Sudan's territorial integrity and sovereignty should be respected and a political solution should be found to the Darfur issue through equal dialogue and discussions," Qin said.

China's relationship with Sudan has prompted human rights activists to call for a boycott of the Summer Olympics being held in Beijing in 2008.

Post Script: There is a clearly a big difference between tyranny and genocide; but China's Communist Party rulers would argue that they are only following America's lead. Washington has historically overlooked Saudi Arabia's horrific human rights record, turning a blind eye for decades to a wide range of abuses and to the regime's sponsorship of Wahhabi fanaticism--and terrorism.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Imagining a JFK-Style Solution to Iran

Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32).
-Motto of the Central Intelligence Agency

A loose alliance of influential, left-leaning pundits, politicians, and academicians are rooting for a Kennedy-style solution to the Iranian Nuclear Crisis--as in JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

But a careful, sober reading of history suggests that would be a disaster. At best, following the Cuban model, Iran would be assured permanent security--and permanent protection from regime change--in return for giving up its suspect nuclear program. But the mullahocracy would be free to pursue its formidable chemical, biological, and ballistic missile programs for decades to come.

Like Communist Cuba, Islamist Iran would become an institionalized, internationally accepted threat to world peace. But unlike Cuba--a Soviet welfare case throughout the Cold War--oil-rich Iran would have the cash to finance its deadly schemes and dreams.

Don't expect these dire warnings to resonate among members of the American foreign policy establishment. From the State Department to the Council on Foreign Relations, Kennedy's handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis is ... well ... worshipped.

The popular myth of a totally successful outcome, a staple of the liberal entertainment and publishing industries, ignores an inconvenient truth: JFK's administration bungled the Cuban file from the get-go. Just days before the crisis began, National Security Adviser McGeorge Bundy ridiculed reports of suspicious activity on Cuba--i.e. eyewitness accounts of deployment of Soviet-supplied nuclear-tipped missiles. Appearing on national television, Bundy branded the information that Cuban exiles had been giving the State Department and CIA for months as mere "refugee rumors."

Said Bundy: "Nothing in Cuba presents a threat to the United States. There's no likelihood that the Soviets or Cubans would try and install an offensive capability in Cuba."

The following day, Kennedy himself declared: "There's fifty-odd-thousand Cuban refugees in this country, all living for the day when we go to war with Cuba. They're the ones putting out this kind of stuff."

So much for one of best and the brightest--and his brilliant monarch.

In the end, the United States and the Soviet Union managed to back away from the brink and avert a possible nuclear war. The Missile Crisis ended when Moscow backed down and removed the weapons it had secretly installed in Cuba.

As we now know, however, the secret agreement between Kennedy and Soviet Communist Party boss Nikita Khrushchev forbade any invasion of Cuba--not just by the US, but also by any other group or nation in the Western Hemisphere. Thousands of Soviet troops and KGB officers already in Cuba were allowed to remain on the island, bolstering an anti-American regime just 90 miles from Florida.

Shortly after the missiles were removed, Washington, in accord with its covert deal with the Soviet Union, pulled US missiles out of Turkey. Following Kennedy's assassination, US President Lyndon Johnson reaffirmed Washington's hands-off-Havana pledge.

Nuke Iran's Revolutionary Guard

Any realistic war plan for Iran must take into consideration the growing military, economic, and political power of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which is responsible for the capture of the 15 British hostages.

It is difficult to see how this force--practically a parallel government--can be destroyed without the use of tactical nuclear weapons.

The Revolutionary Guard is equipped with its own ground forces, navy, air force, intelligence, and special forces. It also controls the Basij militia, a 10-million-strong paramilitary force founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in November of 1979.

Economically, the Revolutionary Guard controls more than 100 different enterprises. Increasingly known for its corruption and greed, the Revolutionary Guard conducts business in its own name or in the name of the Basij. Commercial activities range from importing household goods to managing--and milking--automobile manufacturing companies and assembly plants.

The Revolutionary Guard has also been a major contractor in the construction of oil and gas pipelines, and a major importer of Kazakh oil into Iran. Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad moved into the President’s office, more than $7 billion in oil pipeline contracts have been awarded to Revolutionary Guard-affiliated enterprises.

Memo: The Situation is Deteriorating

Open-source memo: the domestic political situation is rapidly deteriorating.

Criticism of the unpopular Iraq war is intensifying and broadening to include criticism of the war on Radical Islam, or Islamism. The opposition is undermining the case for attacking nuclearizing Islamist Iran as it steps up the propaganda war over the kidnapping of 15 British Royal Navy service personnel by a unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps--the elite, secretive force that put Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in power.

The increasingly fashionable line in the United States is that the war against Islamism--like the war in Iraq--cannot be won on the battlefield. Critics contend that the conflict with Islamism is not a war in the conventional sense of the word--and not even a global police action--but a largely political and public relations struggle for the hearts and minds of peoples of Muslim nations. (In the aftermath of 9/11, the Bush administration itself confused the public by emphasizing that diplomacy in tandem with military action will be needed to win a "War on Terror" that could last a generation or longer.)

The argument that there is no military solution is worse than flawed; it is stupid--and suicidal. There is in fact only a military solution--just as there was only a military solution to the problem of dealing with the Nazi/Fascist menace. Diplomacy precedes and follows war; it should neither coincide nor interfere with armed conflict.

If Islamism can't be defeated militarily, it can't be defeated--period. Persuasion won't work; but bombing will. Not the modern shock-and-awe variety, mind you, but the kind of bombing that reduced Nazi Germany to rubble. In short, the West will only be victorious if it returns to the Western way of warfare that won the day in World War II.

The times call for a truly cold and clinical approach. The hell with winning hearts and minds; winning is all that matters, regardless of the cost in enemy lives and property.

More than five years after 9/11, it is inconceivable that a Third-World tyranny like Iran and an alliance of Shiite and Sunni militias and terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda, are still in a position to threaten the US and Israel. Inconceivable ... but true.

For the most part, the media and intellectual elites are hopeless; one hopes that our so-called elected leaders and appointed officials will wake up before it is too late.