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  • Prayer Request

    05/14/2007 7:44:38 PM PDT · by unionblue83 · 47 replies · 512+ views
    me | 14 May 2007 | unionblue83
    I am asking for prayers for a good friend of mine. His name is Chad Wright and we grew up together. He is in the hospital in Oklahoma after crashing his crop-dusting plane. He has a severe back injury and is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday on his vertebrae and ribs. His folks have seen the wreckage and are amazed that he survived. All he ever wanted to do was fly and it seems that he was not flying alone -- he must have had a guardian angel. I will update as soon as I get more. Thanks much.
  • Exclusive: Jimmy Carter Interceded on Behalf of Nazi SS Guard

    01/17/2007 11:44:39 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 80 replies · 2,993+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 17 January 2006 | Ezra HaLevi
    A former U.S. Justice Department official disclosed to Arutz-7 that former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s advocacy extended beyond the Palestinians, when he interceded on behalf of a Nazi SS man. Neil Sher, a veteran of the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Special Investigation, described a letter he received from Carter in 1987 in an interview with Israel National Radio’s Tovia Singer. The letter, written and signed by Carter, asked that Sher show “special consideration” for a man proven to have murdered Jews in the Mauthausen death camp in Austria. “In 1987, Carter had been out of office for seven years...
  • The Jihad: We're All in This Together (Don Feder Alert)

    12/08/2006 5:03:08 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 8 replies · 482+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 08 December 2006 | Don Feder
    Don Feder delivered the following speech to the Americans for A Safe Israel National Conference (“America And Israel – The Present Danger”) held in New York City on December 3, 2006. – The Editors. You have a problem. It’s a problem shared by Jews in Hebron, Serbs in Kosovo, Hindus in the Kashmir, Catholics in Lebanon, and Americans walking the streets of New York. Consider the inter-connectedness of the following incidents, all of which took place in the past few months: In Indonesia, three Christian schoolgirls were beheaded. In Iraq, a Syrian Orthodox priest was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered. In...
  • Coming to a Neighborhood Near You: The Axis of Evil

    12/08/2006 4:56:34 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 17 replies · 673+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 08 December 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    The unsurprising victory of Venezuelan song and dance artist Hugo Chavez in his re-election bid on Sunday was warmly welcomed around the world. Chavez friends in Cuba, Bolivia and Nicaragua were pleased. Castro and Daniel Ortega must think someone flipped a switch and they’re back in the early 1980s – only this time, there’s no President Reagan and no Contras. The Iranian Foreign ministry welcomed the Chavez victory, and didn’t even threaten to raise oil prices to $200 per barrel. That’s for next week. Al Jazeera knew the results even before the votes were cast, and showed Chavez with Mahmoud...
  • Hezbollah's Assault in Lebanon: Day Two

    12/04/2006 4:30:00 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 13 replies · 552+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 04 December 2006 | Dr. Walid Phares
    In its second day, HizbAllah’s offensive in Lebanon against the democratically elected Government has maintained pressures on various levels. Following are the main axis of activities: HizbAllah’s deployment By mid week end, several thousands of HizbAllah’s members, cadres and officers have settled inside downtown Beirut, surrounding the Prime Minister’s office. The militia erected dozens of tents in a military fashion, with 30 fighters in each tent. Sources from the Lebanese Army described the “deployment” of the tents as a bivouac-maneuvering of about three brigades, “clearly following the Iranian military code,” said the sources. By late Saturday evening early Sunday morning,...
  • Have You Been Ahmadinejadized?

    12/04/2006 4:26:57 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 18 replies · 629+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 04 December 2006 | Robert Spencer
    “I have travelled to all the continents except for one,” Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said recently, “and I know what is going on out there. Everybody is eager to hear the Iranian people’s message. The world is rapidly becoming Ahmadinejadised.” And he’s right: Ahmadinejadization is spreading. Its symptoms are clear from his Friday letter to the American people. Addressed to “Noble Americans,” in the letter Ahmadinejad calls on America to withdraw from Iraq, end support for Israel, and convert to Islam. If we do those three things, peace will ensue: we’ll be…Ahmadinejadized. “Now that Iraq has a Constitution and an...
  • Olmert’s Failed Approach

    11/30/2006 5:27:17 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 9 replies · 258+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 30 November 2006 | P. David Hornik
    “I extend my hand in peace to our Palestinian neighbors, hoping it will not be rejected,” Ehud Olmert said in a speech on Monday. He added: The uncompromising radicalism of your terror organizations—the Hamas, Jihad, the Aksa Martyrs’ Brigade and other organizations—did not bring you closer to attaining the goal which I am convinced many of you share: the establishment of a Palestinian state, which will guarantee you a future of prosperity and which will exist in good neighborly relations side-by-side with the State of Israel. On what basis is Olmert convinced that many Palestinians share the goal of living...
  • Al-Qaeda: Kill the Christians

    11/17/2006 4:36:14 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 56 replies · 1,747+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 18 November 2006 | Patrick Poole
    An al-Qaeda manual made a surprise reappearance on October 31st in a new repackaged, reformatted edition on an online jihadi forum associated with the terrorist organization. The manual, A Guide for the Undecided on the Legitimacy of Killing Christians, (Irshad al-Hayara fi Ibahat Dimaa al-Nasara) made its first appearance back in September 2002, published by the al-Qaeda “think tank,” the now defunct Center for Islamic Research and Study, in their bi-weekly magazine, Sawt al-Jihad (The Voice of Jihad). Translated excerpts from the 56-page manual, authored by Hafid Abu-Basir, are available from the Site Institute. But republication of this manual in...
  • The Will to Win

    11/17/2006 4:21:29 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 1 replies · 290+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 18 November 2006 | Salman Rushdie
    On October 11, 2006, the Center for Inquiry in New York City presented the first event of its annual Voices of Reason series, a lecture by Salman Rushdie. Rushdie was introduced by Ibn Warraq, senior research fellow at the Center and author of Why I am not a Muslim. Rushdie took questions from the audience read by the Center for Inquiry’s Program Director, Susan Jacoby. You can also hear a "Point of Inquiry" podcast with Rushdie here. Although FrontPage Magazine does not necessarily agree with every concept in the discourse, he offers many powerful insights in this address. -- The...
  • Our World: A midterm correction, or capitulation?

    11/06/2006 10:37:13 PM PST · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 409+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 07 November 2006 | Caroline Glick
    Insofar as ethnic group politics are concerned, it may very well be the case that American Jewry has more riding on the results of today's Congressional elections than any other American ethnic group. The current issue of Commentary magazine includes an article entitled, "Dual Loyalty and the 'Israel Lobby'" by Gabriel Schoenfeld. Schoenfeld describes succinctly the corrosive impact that the work of two political science professors, John Mearshimer from the University of Chicago, and Steven Walt from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, has had on the position of American Jewry. He then explains what the warm reception their work...
  • Germany's Betrayal of the Jews

    11/01/2006 8:31:31 AM PST · by unionblue83 · 4 replies · 385+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 01 November 2006 | Wolf Biermann
    This is a shortened version of a speech given by Wolf Biermann in Israel this October. It originally appeared in Die Zeit on October 26, 2006. Author and songwriter Wolf Biermann was born in Hamburg in 1936 into a Jewish communist working class family in Hamburg. His father was a member of the organised resistance and was murdered in the concentration camp Auschwitz. In 1953 he chose to move to the GDR,where as a staunch communist he became one of the regime's fierce critics. In 1976 he was denaturalised and has since lived in Hamburg. Biermann is known for his...
  • What Next?

    10/10/2006 4:19:34 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 4 replies · 413+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 10 October 2006 | Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu
    On October 9, 2006, Kim Jong Il apparently backed up his bluster and detonated a nuclear device in a test area northeast of the capitol of Pyongyang. So now, faced with a North Korea openly nuclear, what is the world – and more importantly, America - expected to do? Last week, when North Korea was pulling yet another threat from a seemingly bottomless basket, the world community immediately went into predictable reaction mode: running in ever-decreasing concentric circles around their desks while shrieking “the sky is falling.” The New York Times editorial page even pulled the much-maligned phrase “domino theory”...
  • The Democrats' War Against the War

    10/05/2006 5:37:47 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 4 replies · 376+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 05 October 2006 | Jacob Laskin
    Two news items from last week speak volumes about the Democratic Party’s priorities on national security. First, Democratic majorities in the House and Senate -- including all the presidential aspirants -- voted against the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which authorized military tribunals to try terrorist suspects and established guidelines for their aggressive interrogation. Then, late on Thursday, 177 House Democrats voted to thwart the passage of the Electronic Surveillance Modernization Act, which expanded electronic surveillance of terrorists on foreign soil. Civil liberties dogmatists like the ACLU applauded these obstructionist efforts, but they came to naught. Both pieces of legislation...
  • Israel’s New Reality

    10/03/2006 4:25:39 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 6 replies · 455+ views
    Commentary Magazine ^ | October 2006 | Hillel Halkin
    On August 12, two days before the ceasefire in Lebanon took hold, Ari Shavit, a prominent Israeli journalist and contributor to the New Yorker, published an opinion piece in the liberal Hebrew daily Haaretz, for which he writes regularly. A blistering attack on Israel’s government and army, it held both of them responsible for a “wartime failure” caused by “faulty intelligence,” a “delusional logistical network,” “improper preparedness,” and “scandalous strategic bumbling,” and it pinned the blame for the debacle on the post-Zionist outlook of Israel’s “elites.” These elites, Shavit declared, with their unending attacks, both direct and indirect, on nationalism,...
  • Acts of Submission

    09/28/2006 10:10:55 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 6 replies · 548+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 28 September 2006 | Jeffrey Lord
    Acts of submission. The term was Winston Churchill's description of the different methods that had been employed by British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and his supporters to appease Hitler and Italian dictator Benito Mussolini in the 1930's. Chamberlain was appeasing, Churchill said, "in the hope that by great and far-reaching acts of submission, not merely in sentiment and pride, but in material matters, peace may be preserved." He went on to warn, correctly, of just how foolish -- and -- dangerous this would be to England. If followed in a linear fashion, through the maze of late 20th century American...
  • Downsizing Israel

    09/28/2006 5:10:39 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 321+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 28 September 2006 | P. David Hornik
    The belief in a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian or Arab-Israeli conflict persists like a demonic possession. Those who believe Israel essentially confronts an ongoing siege, religiously rooted in Islam, adduce evidence for that view overwhelming rates of anti-Semitism in every Arab country, Nazi-style anti-Semitic propaganda and imagery throughout the Arab world, majorities of Palestinians saying they favor suicide bombings and the dissolution of Israel, and so on. But for true believers in a peaceful solution, evidence does not avail. Whether motivated by an impatience with Israel s existence (possibly tinged with anti-Semitism) and its perceived costs for Western stability...
  • A Call to Arms in the Culture Wars

    09/27/2006 11:09:09 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 14 replies · 916+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 27 September 2006 | Dave Marshall and Gordon Cucullu
    In the 1980s movie “Network” the most memorable scene is the tired old TV anchor yelling at the world from his New York apartment window, “I’m mad as hell and can’t take it anymore!” Across the country millions of Americans are hitting the wall in similar frustration. What’s driving them nuts? The inability of most of our fellow citizens to defend themselves in the culture wars. For more than two decades our free speech has been stifled by a blanket of political correctness that has smothered civil discourse. We are in a war, for goodness sake, and can’t even speak...
  • Islamic Brownshirts

    09/25/2006 7:52:15 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 8 replies · 365+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 26 September 2006 | Jed Babbin
    Of the many wrong lessons the Clinton presidency taught us, the cheap apology is one that continues to haunts us. The world became accustomed to America -- through our lip-quivering president -- apologizing reflexively for every offense, real or imagined. Apologies have since become expensive. Because the radical Islamists demand -- and we supply -- an endless stream of apologies for conduct that is either entirely justified or inoffensive, they are winning their campaign of intimidation. Like Hitler's Brownshirt "Sturm Abteilung," the Islamofascists seek political dominance by violence and intimidation. And we, like the Weimar Republic before us, are letting...
  • Investigating the Hezbollah War

    09/20/2006 4:48:12 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 8 replies · 388+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 20 September 2006 | David Bedein
    A panel set up by the Israeli government to look into incompetence in the recent war with Hezbollah may and should draw on American testimony to determine the truth. It is now official: On Sunday, September 17, 2006, the Israel Cabinet Secretary Yisrael Maimon announced that the government of Israel convened an official judicial panel to examine the Israeli government's “ill preparedness” in the wake of the war in Lebanon during Summer 2006. This falls short of an official government commission of investigation that some Israeli reserve officers and families of fallen soldiers have demanded. However, the Israel Cabinet Secretary...
  • Turn the Other Cheek? Go to Hell!

    09/20/2006 4:43:43 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 12 replies · 988+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 20 September 2006 | Mark D. Tooley
    Pope Benedict’s brief quotation of a medieval Byzantine emperor’s critique of Islam excited global Muslim indignation, very predictably. But maybe equally as revealing is the response to the Church of England’s Archbishop of York, who suggested that Muslims heed Jesus’ admonition to “love they neighbor.” The head of the Muslim Council of Britain told the archbishop that British Muslims have absolutely no intention of “turning the other cheek.” A native of Uganda, the Archbishop of York might have a little more spiritual fortitude than the typical Anglican cleric in Britain. He was giving a lecture about Islamic terrorists on September...
  • Pope Benedict Criticizes Islam (Daniel Pipes Alert)

    09/20/2006 4:32:54 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 11 replies · 538+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 20 September 2006 | Daniel Pipes
    "Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." These words, expressed six centuries ago by a Byzantine emperor, Manuel II Paleologus, in dialogue with an Iranian scholar, spur three reflections. Pope Benedict XVI offered the above quote, neither endorsing nor condemning it, in his academic speech, "Faith, Reason and the University: Memories and Reflections," delivered in German last week in Germany. It served to introduce his erudite critique of the Western concept of reason since the...
  • Their Sound and Their Fury

    09/14/2006 5:08:54 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 6 replies · 442+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 14 September 2006 | R. Emmet Tyrrell, Jr.
    WASHINGTON -- Our liberal friends are in a fury of indignation once again! This cannot be good for their health. A couple weeks back the source of their anger was the Administration's repeated references to the 1930s, which is apparently a very sore spot with them. Now they are again indignados, owing to our suave president's mention of Iraq during a speech commemorating the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Presumably, we could prevent these unseemly eruptions if the Republicans would clear their speeches with Dr. Howard Dean. Of course, if the volcanic doctor had to vet all of them...
  • The Closing of the Progressive Mind

    09/14/2006 5:02:25 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 2 replies · 490+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 14 September 2006 | Paul Kelly
    The fifth anniversary of 9/11 offers a brilliant study of the progressive neurosis, commemorating an event while denying its origins, nature and cause. It has been akin to an exhausting and endless documentary on Pearl Harbor that scarcely mentions Japan, the sort of product where a professional editor would demand a rewrite. The anniversary has become an extravaganza in Bush bashing, a reminder that President George W. Bush is the most compelling and easiest media target for a generation. His blunders in Iraq are a fundamental part of the post-9/11 story. But Australian Prime Minister John Howard nailed the problem...
  • Politicizing Intelligence – Yet Again

    09/14/2006 4:41:43 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 16 replies · 595+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 14 September 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    If you thought efforts were over to rewrite history on the lead-up to the war in Iraq and to smear the head of the Iraqi National Congress, Ahmad Chalabi, then think again. A remarkable pair of reports released last week by the Senate Select committee on Intelligence re-examine for the umpteenth time the pre-war intelligence on Iraqi WMD programs and Saddam’s alleged ties to al-Qaeda. The reports were produced at the demand of committee Democrats as part of a vast fishing expedition aimed at buttressing their old saw, Bush lied-People died. What’s remarkable about these reports are not the facts...
  • The ISM-Terror Connection

    09/13/2006 4:13:51 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 4 replies · 231+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 13 September 2006 | Lee Kaplan and
    As a front group for Palestinian terrorists, the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) sends young people from all over the world to the training fields of the West Bank and Gaza to learn from terrorists and to aid them logistically. Stop the ISM has now obtained photographs of ISM leaders and organizers holding AK-47 assault rifles. The images show some of the ISM women disguised as Jews living in the West Bank and in the company of an Al Aksa Martyrs Brigade terrorist. One of our volunteers in the United Kingdom for Stop the ISM managed to infiltrate the ISM late...
  • The Left Practices Genocide by Abortion

    09/08/2006 11:35:09 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 34 replies · 749+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 08 September 2006 | Jerome R. Corsi and Kenneth Blackwell
    Margaret Sanger, the founder of the organization that today is Planned Parenthood, began her crusade for abortion on the theme of eugenics. Her journal, The Birth Control Review, is filled with articles advocating the elimination of the “unfit,” including those with mental and physical disabilities, to produce a superior race of human geniuses. Her slogan, “Birth Control: To Create a Race of Thoroughbreds,” appealed to the type of racist thinking that gave rise to Hitler’s propaganda and the resultant “racial purification” violence of the concentration camps. Her writings are filled with a mix of the popular ideas of her day,...
  • Safety

    09/08/2006 11:24:32 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 16 replies · 469+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 08 September 2006 | Oliver North
    New York -- "We'll never be safe again, will we?" the young woman asked -- posing a question on the minds of many Americans as we mark the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. She was seated across the aisle on a flight to Washington. I guessed she might be in her late 20s -- about the age of some of my own children. She had been ahead of me as we passed through the TSA security checkpoint at JFK and had received the "full treatment" -- bags searched, explosives residue check, shoes twice through the X-ray, the "beeping wand,"...
  • 'Reform' Is Misleading Word in Quest to Improve Our Electoral System

    09/08/2006 11:20:46 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 4 replies · 193+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 08 September 2006 | Pat Sajak
    This is the time of year when we hear a lot about election reform. You know the mantra: special interests, too much money in politics, negative ads, public financing, etc. The problem with election reform is the same one inherent in most tax reform; namely, every time either system gets reformed, it gets worse. Each “simplification” of the tax code creates a few hundred more indecipherable pages of regulations, and each move to “clean up” politics makes our system more unwieldy and unresponsive. The whole move to limit campaign contributions has had at least three unintended consequences (unintended, but predictable)....
  • Winning the Battle for Baghdad

    09/07/2006 4:38:30 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 2 replies · 274+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 07 September 2006 | John B. Dwyer
    On August 20 soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, acting on a tip, conducted a raid that freed a kidnap victim being held in Baghdad’s Adhamiya district. In the house where the victim was held soldiers found 2 rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), 20 RPG rounds, an AK-47 rifle, 2 sniper rifles and 12 hand grenades. Two suspected terrorists were detained. Also on August 20, Iraqi Army forces conducted multiple, simultaneous, precision raids on three objectives in Baghdad’s Al Rasheed district, capturing two key insurgent leaders during ongoing Operation Forward Together missions. The captured personnel controlled death...
  • Israel’s Ongoing Strength

    09/07/2006 4:32:43 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 5 replies · 295+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 07 September 2006 | P. David Hornik
    While Israel keeps sorting out what was done right and (mostly) wrong by its political and military establishments during the recent Lebanon war, it is also looking at the implications of the “bereavement map” that emerged from the war. As discussed by Yair Sheleg last week in Haaretz, the total of 117 soldiers killed in the conflict yields information as to what sectors of society were most represented in combat units and show the highest motivation to serve and risk their lives. Right-wingers who admire the religiously motivated settlers in the territories, and were sometimes in despair over the destruction...
  • Moving On to Anti-Semitism

    09/05/2006 4:22:08 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 15 replies · 552+ views
    front page ^ | 05 September 2006 | Robert Goldberg
    Last week, Sen. George Allen personally apologized to a staff member of his Democrat opponent, James Webb, for calling him a "macaca." This was the latest in a string of public apologies for what has been described as a racial slur aimed at individual who is of Indian descent. The moral outrage pouring from the media and Democrats was heartwarming. It was reassuring to see that such expressions of bigotry by any party, politician or political organization (or movie actor) will not be tolerated. So no doubt the media and the Left will soon turn their attention to the vicious...
  • Does Religion Make People Better or Worse?

    09/05/2006 4:11:24 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 24 replies · 458+ views
    front page ^ | 05 September 2006 | Dennis Prager
    I have devoted much of my life to arguing that religion is the finest vehicle for individuals and societies to become decent, good, moral (you choose the term you prefer). For example, in 2005, I devoted 24 columns to making the case for Judeo-Christian values as the finest system of values ever devised. However, this advocacy of religion comes with two caveats. First, the claimed superiority of Judeo-Christian values in no way means that all believing Jews and Christians are good people, let alone better than all other people. There have always been and there are today morally superior individuals...
  • Nasrallah for PM -- of Israel

    08/31/2006 5:20:24 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 412+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 31 August 2006 | Bradley Burston
    Now it's official. Israel is a country without a prime minister. This had been no more than an educated suspicion until Monday night, when Ehud Olmert effectively made the announcement. Not in so many words, of course. Instead, in a long-awaited television address to the nation, Olmert took Israel's last remaining expectations of him and kicking them in the teeth, by ducking a full-out probe into his handling of the war. If nature abhors a vacuum, imagine how it feels at this point about Israel's senior leadership. The titular head of state, our model for probity, is looking down the...
  • No Belgian Waffle from the UN

    08/31/2006 5:17:03 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 9 replies · 337+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 31 August 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Expect a sigh and a whimper today at the United Nations when the International Atomic Energy Agency reports, as expected, that Iran has failed to comply with UN Security Council Resolution 1696. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a UN sanctions resolution on Iran. The State Department insists – all press speculation to the contrary – that sanctions will be approved, even if it takes three more weeks to get agreement on the details. “There is no Plan B,” as one official put it. The question remains: will those sanctions have any bite? That is far less certain. One...
  • Muslim Radicals: Piggybacking on Terrorism (Daniel Pipes Alert)

    08/30/2006 5:13:36 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 6 replies · 470+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 30 August 2006 | Daniel Pipes
    Two days after August 10 – when British authorities broke up an alleged plot to blow up multiple aircraft over the Atlantic Ocean – the "moderate" Muslim establishment in Britain published an aggressive open letter to Prime Minister Tony Blair. It suggested that Blair could better fight terrorism if he recognized that current British government policy, especially with regard to "the debacle of Iraq," provides "ammunition to extremists." The letter writers demanded he change his foreign policy to "make us all safer." One prominent signatory, Labour MP Sadiq Khan, added that Blair's reluctance to criticize Israel increased the pool of...
  • Fox News and Forced Conversions (Robert Spencer Alert)

    08/30/2006 5:10:36 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 60 replies · 1,793+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 30 August 2006 | Robert Spencer
    The most bizarre element of the two weeks of captivity suffered by Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and photographer Olaf Wiig at the hands of Gaza’s Holy Jihad Brigade was the video that surfaced depicting their conversion to Islam. Even before the journalists revealed that their conversions had been coerced, there were disturbing indications that they were not acting freely. While reading a statement he himself had ostensibly written, Centanni stumbled over words, appeared to puzzle over the handwriting, and seemed to grimace after pronouncing the words “peace be upon him” after the name of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Their...
  • Not MAD Anymore

    08/30/2006 5:08:10 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 3 replies · 313+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 30 August 2006 | Lt. Col. Gordon Cucullu
    It worked for years. School kids ducked under their desks to avoid atomic attack while the Soviet Union and America stood toe to toe staring into each others’ eyes. Each may have been tempted from time to time to launch the one massive rocket attack, the overwhelming bombardment that would knock the other out of the fight. But each knew that for all the nuclear throw-weight he tossed at his sworn adversary that he would get it back, in spades, before his missiles did their awful work. You can kill me, one said to the other, but you will surely...
  • Stunningly Naive

    08/25/2006 9:31:05 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 49 replies · 1,670+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 25 August 2006 | Oliver North
    Athens, Greece -- While changing planes here in this ancient capital, I arranged to meet with an old friend who has long experience in the Middle East. Fluent in many Mediterranean and Persian Gulf languages and intimately familiar with the long, sad history of enmity in the region, he worked quietly with Americans for decades. I first met him in the 1980s during sensitive -- but ultimately fruitless -- efforts to elicit help from Arab governments in obtaining the release of American hostages being held in Lebanon. Throughout his personal triumphs and failures, successes and frustrations, I've always found him...
  • The Bush Doctrine Need Not Apply

    08/24/2006 4:57:35 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 389+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 24 August 2006 | Julia Gorin
    Although Kosovo set a terrifying precedent for Israel, at least two Jews are happy about it. In a recent Wall St. Journal-Europe piece titled “Balkan Choice,” Morton Abramowitz and Mark Schneider write that Serbian President Vojislav Kostunica’s opposition to Kosovo independence risks making his country an “international pariah.” Have these two been asleep for 15 years? Serbia has been a pariah since it began fighting Islamo-nationalist terror without the West’s permission. Serbs were the first ones fingered in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and the ones bombed by Bill Clinton in 1995 for a Sarajevo marketplace massacre — despite...
  • Just Say No to Khatami

    08/24/2006 4:43:05 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 257+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 24 August 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Talk is cheap. At least, that’s what we are taught to believe in a society built not just on action, but on a respect for political minorities. But in a society where political minorities are considered enemies of the state, and where political discourse is tightly controlled, talk carries a far greater weight than it does here. The disgraced former president of Iran, Hojjat-ol eslam Mohammad Khatami, wants to speak in Washington, D.C., next month, and the State Department has already indicated it will welcome his visit. This is pure foolishness of the type Lenin described when he famously noted...
  • Israel's New Hope?

    08/24/2006 4:23:37 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 13 replies · 547+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 24 August 2006 | P. David Hornik
    “We are tired of fighting, we are tired of being courageous, we are tired of winning, we are tired of defeating our enemies, we want that we will be able to live in an entirely different environment of relations with our enemies. We want them to be our friends, our partners, our good neighbors, and I believe that this is not impossible.” * * * “The best defense is a good offense, not a fence. The best way to deal with terrorists is to arrest them or kill them in their beds. . . . what we are doing is...
  • The Judicial Coffin

    08/21/2006 9:26:48 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 4 replies · 425+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 21 August 2006 | Joseph Klein
    "Yet thoroughly imbued with a reverence for the guarantied rights of individuals, I was slow to adopt the strong measures, which by degrees I have been forced to regard as being within the exceptions of the Constitution and as indispensable to the public Safety. Nothing is better known to history than that Courts of justice are utterly incompetent to such cases.” These were not the words of George W. Bush. They were spoken by President Abraham Lincoln, when explaining the extraordinary measures such as suspension of the writ of habeas corpus that he took to deal with “Rebellion”. Rebellion was...
  • Investigating the war

    08/18/2006 10:32:47 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 1 replies · 129+ views
    jerusalem post ^ | 18 August 2006 | Staff
    Defense Minister Amir Peretz's external investigatory committee, to be headed by former IDF chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, might provide some useful information regarding the narrow question of military decision-making during the war. It will not be sufficient to determine the broader lessons of the war in the military sphere, let alone for the political echelon and our society as a whole. The public, according to polls, wants a commission of inquiry. Such commissions, with the power to recommend legal sanctions against individual officials, were created in the wake of the Yom Kippur War, the killings at...
  • Europe's Fellow Travelers

    08/18/2006 4:28:39 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 7 replies · 301+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 18 August 2006 | Serge Trifkovic
    The present technological, cultural and financial strength of Europe is a façade that conceals a deep underlying moral and demographic weakness. The symptoms of the malaise are apparent in the unprecedented demographic collapse and in the loss of a sense of place and history that go hand-in-hand with the expansion of the European Union. The emerging transnational hyper-state is actively indoctrinating its subject-population into believing and accepting that the demographic shift in favor of Muslim aliens is actually a blessing that enriches the Old Continent’s culturally deprived and morally unsustainable societies. Europe is losing the ability to define and defend...
  • Media Intimidation

    08/18/2006 4:25:04 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 26 replies · 599+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 18 August 2006 | Joel Mowbray
    With Fox News reporter Steve Centanni and cameraman Olaf Wiig still being held hostage by Palestinian terrorists, the Western media has received a potent reminder that broadcasting certain truths from inside Arab territory can result in devastating consequences. While it is not clear the kidnappers’ motivation—they have yet to state any demands—this is just the latest in a string of abductions, which is in and of itself only part of the arsenal of heavy-handed media intimidation present in the region. Thuggery helps explain the obscenely low volume of negative press coverage of the Palestinian Authority, Fatah, Hamas, Hezbollah, and others....
  • Infanticide - Mullah Style(Timmerman Alert)

    08/17/2006 8:52:02 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 15 replies · 632+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 17 August 2006 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    A new study of 115 Iranian school textbooks concludes that Iran is preparing its children for war, and is willing to risk massive casualties for the opportunity to defeat America in a world-wide cataclysmic confrontation. “Iran’s is a war curriculum,” the study said. “Iran prepares its school children to fight the West – America in particular – as an indispensable complementary phase of the Islamic Revolution.” From the Fifth grade on, Iran’s revolutionary regime portrays itself in government textbooks “as the champion of all non-Western nations, Muslim and non-Muslim, in a fateful struggle against Western hegemony in the world,” the...
  • The Altar of Androgeny

    08/17/2006 5:33:51 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 16 replies · 790+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 17 August 2006 | Carey Roberts
    Fact and feminism keep tripping over each other. For decades, radical feminists have prostrated themselves upon the altar of androgeny, flatly declaring that all differences between the sexes are socially constructed. So when men earn more money than women, they say that’s proof of sex discrimination. But men have the Y chromosome, while women don’t. And it turns out that one chromosome contains 78 very important genes. Those genes contain programming instructions that control a man’s brain structure, sex hormones, and a host of other functions. These critical genetic differences play out in thousands of ways that influence risk-taking, sex...
  • Nasrallah Rules

    08/14/2006 4:49:56 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 30 replies · 1,307+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 14 August 2006 | Jed Babbin
    This morning, Israeli forces will have ceased fire in Lebanon, forced by their government to accept a strategic defeat in the month-long war against Hizballah. Almost any military can recover from tactical losses, but nations are usually powerless to avoid defeat after losing a strategic battle. For World War II Japan, defeat was still three years away when the last of four aircraft carriers was sunk by Adm. Ray Spruance's dive bombers and torpedo planes in the battle of Midway. For Israel, defeat may come much sooner if it doesn't mend its prime minister's ways. Yamamoto had to explain his...
  • The Failing "Insurgency"

    08/14/2006 4:10:36 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 22 replies · 1,150+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 14 August 2006 | Larry Schweikart
    Roadside-bomb attacks are typically cited as evidence that the U.S. and its allies are loosing the war in Iraq. But a more in-depth look at the numbers suggests that the opposite may be the case. Since January of 2006, there have been some 11,242 roadside bomb/improvised explosive device (IED) attacks in Iraq, a considerable uptick from the 10,953 for the 12 months of 2005. According to the Brookings Institution, IEDs account for 33 percent of all U.S. deaths. Through June, that means that of the 346 U.S. fatalities, 114 were related to roadside bombs. The Marine Corps reports that accidents...
  • "At War With Islamic Fascists" (Daniel Pipes Alert)

    08/14/2006 4:07:11 AM PDT · by unionblue83 · 40 replies · 1,138+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 14 August 2006 | Daniel Pipes
    In his first response to the major terror airline scare in London, President Bush said on August 10, “The recent arrests that our fellow citizens are now learning about are a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom, to hurt our nation.” His use of the term “Islamic fascists” spurred attention and controversy, especially among Islamists. At a pro-Hezbollah rally in front of the White House, on Aug. 12, the crowd (in the Washington Post’s description) “grew most agitated when speakers denounced President...