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  • Iranian Murders in the West

    10/19/2011 5:00:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 1 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Stephen Schwartz
    Americans were stunned on October 11 when the Justice Department unsealed its complaint against Mansour Arbabsiar, a 56-year-old used-car dealer from Corpus Christi now in federal custody, and Ali Gholam Shakuri, a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force. Shakuri remains inside Iran. The pair have been charged with conspiring to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, Adel Al-Jubeir. As disclosed by the Treasury Department, the plot was coordinated by Arbabsiar’s cousin, Abdul Reza Shahlai, a top Quds Force functionary whom the Treasury designated in 2008 as one of several “individuals and entities fueling violence in Iraq.” Shahlai was...
  • Imprisoned Iranian Ayatollah Offers Hanukkah Greetings to Jews

    12/11/2010 7:00:37 PM PST · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec. 11, 2010 | Stephen Schwartz
    The name of Iranian ayatollah Seyyed Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi is little known outside his own country, which is unfortunate. Ayatollah Boroujerdi has been held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison since 2006. Boroujerdi, aged 50, is an heir to a distinguished Shia clerical family. He was born in Tehran and educated in the Shia religious center of Qom. Like his father, Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Mohammad Ali Kazemeyni Boroujerdi (1924-2002), Boroujerdi preaches the pre-Khomeini interpretation of Iranian Shiism, which calls for religion to be kept apart from politics. His health has been badly affected by the conditions of his imprisonment, yet he...
  • Bin Laden Looks for an Exit Strategy

    09/11/2007 3:46:40 PM PDT · by brityank · 40 replies · 1,277+ views
    TCS Daily ^ | 11 Sep 2007 | Stephen Schwartz
    Bin Laden Looks for an Exit StrategyBy Stephen Schwartz : 11 Sep 2007 Since 2001, each September we remember. Today, we first think of the frontline fighters in Iraq, Americans, Iraqis, and other members of the Coalition in combat, first against Saudi-incited, Wahhabi terrorism - miscalled a "Sunni insurgency." But none of us forgets the terror inflicted on the whole world six years ago; the sudden appearance, after so many years, of a real sense of American national unity, and the equally-surprising commitment to change in U.S. policies in the Middle East. President George W. Bush, in vowing to...
  • The PBS Controversy and Charles Le Gai Eaton (Islam vs. Islamists)

    04/21/2007 8:09:10 AM PDT · by Valin · 10 replies · 476+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 4/16/07 | Stephen Schwartz
    When PBS refused to air a documentary about the rift between Islamic moderates and their radical, murderous counterparts, PBS based its decision on the judgment of an employee whose sources on this topic are themselves aligned with self-confessed radical Islamists. FSM Contributing Editor Stephen Schwartz’s shocking exposé will have you demanding answers! _______________________________________________ Last week, in a reportage for FSM - the antidote to the “mainstream media” - Contributing Editor Alex Alexiev, one of the most authoritative Western experts on radical Islam, described the fate of a documentary video of which he was co-producer. Titled Islam vs. Islamists, the documentary...
  • Natana DeLong-Bas: American Professor, Wahhabi Apologist

    01/21/2007 4:04:16 AM PST · by Valin · 16 replies · 586+ views
    Islamdaily.net ^ | 1/21/07 | Stephen Schwartz
    Perhaps no single figure better represents the lamentable situation of Middle East studies (MES) today than Professor Natana J. DeLong-Bas, a Georgetown graduate who currently teaches at Brandeis University and Boston College. Her specialty happens to be Wahhabism, the ultrafundamentalist Islamic sect and state religion in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Wahhabism inspires al-Qaida and its variants--including the Sunni jihadists currently murdering U.S. and coalition troops, as well as Shia Muslims, in Iraq. DeLong-Bas is a professional apologist for Saudi extremism. She recently reached a depth of mendacity about radical Islam it is hard to imagine her exceeding. In an...
  • What Is 'Islamofascism'? A history of the word from the first Westerner to use it.

    08/18/2006 1:30:30 PM PDT · by humint · 25 replies · 1,333+ views
    weeklystandard ^ | Stephen Schwartz
    "Islamic fascists"--used by President George W. Bush for the conspirators in the alleged trans-Atlantic airline bombing plot--and references by other prominent figures to "Islamofascism," have been met by protests from Muslims who say the term is an insult to their religion. The meaning and origin of the concept, as well as the legitimacy of complaints about it, have become relevant--perhaps urgently so. I admit to a lack of modesty or neutrality about this discussion, since I was, as I will explain, the first Westerner to use the neologism in this context. In my analysis, as originally put in print directly...
  • Don't LET Up: The transatlantic air plot and the problem of British Islam.

    08/10/2006 3:28:06 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 23 replies · 1,002+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 08/10/06 | Stephen Schwartz
    BRITISH AUTHORITIES have been slow to acknowledge openly the Pakistani-Muslim background of the suspects arrested in the mass terror conspiracy that brought chaos to British and American airports Thursday. At first, official sources in the United Kingdom would confirm only that they were working with "the South Asian community" on the case; then it was disclosed that the Pakistani government was involved in the investigation. This reticence in naming the focus of so significant a terrorism inquiry is a symptom of the larger problems of Islam in Britain, and of "Euro-Islam" more generally. Put plainly, Pakistani Sunnis in Britain--more than...
  • The Shadow of Seattle

    08/02/2006 7:43:35 AM PDT · by Curlyhead · 19 replies · 653+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters.org ^ | 8/2/06 | Stephen Schwartz
    It has elsewhere been noted that while pundits across America agonize over the anti-Semitic babble of actor Mel Gibson, the commentocracy have had little to say about the murderous July 28 attack on a Jewish community facility in Seattle. In that despicable incident, 30-year old Naveed Afzal Haq kidnapped a 13-year old and used her as a cover to penetrate the premises. He then sprayed the building with gunfire, leaving Pamela Waechter, 58, dead, and five more people injured. Waechter had followed a remarkable path, having been raised in the Lutheran church and then converting to Judaism. Reporting in the...
  • The Mysteries of Safed, The Banners of Haifa

    07/26/2006 5:38:05 AM PDT · by mmccarroll · 3 replies · 210+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters.org ^ | July 26, 2006 | Stephen Schwartz
    Haifa has also been targeted by Hezbollah. Among the first dead were workers in a railroad repair yard. I worked on the railroads in America, as a young Marxist. These railroad workers are my people, along with the Kabbalists. It is also difficult to avoid the presumption that rockets have fallen on Haifa precisely because it represents, once again, Arab-Jewish cooperation. Indeed, the whole Hezbollah target zone is filled with Arab communities that have learned to function within Israel. They include Nazareth, the Christian holy site, which has an Arab majority and whose walls are also decorated with leftist posters...
  • Madrassahs and Money

    07/12/2006 4:08:00 AM PDT · by Curlyhead · 3 replies · 208+ views
    FamilySecurityMatters.org ^ | 7/12/06 | Stephen Schwartz
    Since the atrocities of September 11, 2001, the West has begun to pay attention to the problem of Islamic education, including particularly the madrassahs or religious schools in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Egypt, Indonesia, and elsewhere that indoctrinate young believers in the radical and violent doctrines of Wahhabism and related pseudo-religious ideologies. In recent travels on behalf of the Center for Islamic Pluralism, I have begun analyzing how non-Muslims and other Westerners may assist moderate Muslims in changing this negative situation
  • Ann Coulter, “Rag-Heads” and Our Children’ Future

    02/20/2006 5:15:56 AM PST · by PurpleMountains · 3 replies · 402+ views
    From Sea to Shining Sea ^ | 2/20/06 | Purple Mountains
    A few days ago I received an e-mail from Homa Arjomand. She is a Canadian, Muslim lady who has been working to assure that some Canadian Muslims were not successful in getting the Canadian government to accept the Sharia (Muslim law) to be put in place for Muslims there. The e-mail was to announce the success of her efforts, as Canada just shot down this effort. There are many more than one billion Muslims (just the Sunnis number a billion) around the world. Despite the scenes of death and destruction we see almost every day, carried out by some portion...
  • Why American Muslims Stay Silent

    12/22/2005 7:37:00 AM PST · by mal · 237 replies · 2,967+ views
    Four years after September 11, 2001, numerous non-Muslim Americans repeatedly ask, “Why do American Muslims stay silent in the face of extremism and terrorism? Why do they not act to cleanse their religion of the reputation it has acquired?” Paradoxically, Muslims in the US and Great Britain are, today, far more dominated by Islamist extremism than their counterparts in various Muslim countries. In many lands where the majority follows Islam, a struggle is underway between mainstream moderates and radicals inspired by the ultra-Wahhabi preachers of Saudi Arabia, the agitators of the Muslim Brotherhood in various Arab countries, and the virulent...
  • Defeat the Defeatists!

    12/17/2005 10:20:09 AM PST · by billorites · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | December 16, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    The successful completion of the parliamentary election in Iraq represents a multiple victory for the faith of Islam, the people of the Middle East, and global democracy, and an obvious defeat for the enemies of responsible religious and civic values -- everywhere, in the U.S. as well as in Mesopotamia. Voting was so popular with the Iraqis that the terrorists of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi effectively observed a ceasefire during the balloting. The Western mainstream media (MSM), with their usual ignorant obtuseness, completely misconstrued this remarkable development. To the MSM, Zarqawi called off his murderous lackeys to encourage his Sunni...
  • Third Time’s a Charm!

    12/14/2005 7:59:10 AM PST · by Valin · 1 replies · 275+ views
    Tech Center Daily ^ | 12/14/05 | Stephen Schwartz
    Liberated Iraq has begun its third round of elections, with media reporting Tuesday that Iraqi émigrés living in 15 Western and Muslim countries have flocked to out-of-country polling places established to fulfill their democratic desires. The third Iraqi ballot will seal a new political order in the country, based on popular sovereignty. Even the minority of Iraqi Arab Sunni Muslims appear eager to vote, notwithstanding their incitement by some of their leaders, who are discontented over the loss of the privileged status the Arab Sunnis had under Saddam. The January parliamentary vote, the October referendum on the constitution, and now,...
  • Too Much "Help"? (Kosovo)

    12/10/2005 8:44:01 AM PST · by Valin · 31 replies · 687+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/9/05 | Stephen Schwartz
    Things look promising in Kosovo, despite the tender ministrations of the United Nations. -------------------------------------------------- Prishtina, Kosovo SOME OF THE FRESHEST and most distinctive voices of "new Europe"--Donald Rumsfeld's term for the former-Communist states that have joined the reunited continent as ardent supporters of capitalism, democracy, and other conservative values--are sounding off in a place so new, in its own way, that less than a decade ago most Americans had never heard of it: Kosovo. Isolated by the Albanian language, an ancient Indo-European tongue with no obvious relatives, as well as by the long-standing hostility of their rapacious neighbors, the Kosovars...
  • Know Your Friends, and Know Your Enemies Better

    11/30/2005 8:09:16 AM PST · by Valin · 366+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 11/30/05 | Stephen Schwartz
    Prishtina, Kosovo -- Irving Kristol, the recognized father of neoconservatism, is said to have formulated an important rule of politics: "Know who your friends are." I would add to this advice that one should also know who one's serious enemies are. I have often repeated two other dicta I consider indispensable to modern intellectual activism: "The art of politics is that of making, not confusing distinctions," and, "Learn to anticipate, not react to, events." The latter two are paraphrased from Trotsky, which will doubtless bring sneers to the lips of neocon-baiters. But so be it. I am reminded of these...
  • Four Years After September 11th: The Media Failure

    09/28/2005 10:21:03 PM PDT · by Axhandle · 16 replies · 1,373+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 9/11/2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    We have reached the fourth anniversary of the terrible attacks of September 11, 2001. I am sorry to say that, in my view, the U.S. and Western media have completely failed to meet the challenge of reporting on Islam, in the four succeeding years since then, or in reaction to the atrocities that followed, including the extremist violence in Iraq, which I would not dignify with the titles "insurgency" or "resistance," the Madrid metro and London underground bombings, and the terror assaults in Indonesia, Morocco, Turkey, and elsewhere. On September 12, 2001, it was as if two civilizations, the Judeo-Christian...
  • Zawahiri's Threats

    08/04/2005 2:28:25 PM PDT · by Stephen Schwartz · 27 replies · 857+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | August 4, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    Zawahiri's Threats Al Qaeda's number two man should be taken even more seriously than Osama bin Laden. by Stephen Schwartz 08/04/2005 4:00:00 PM AYMAN AL-ZAWAHIRI, the second-in-command of Osama bin Laden, has delivered a video statement, broadcast by al Jazeera, threatening more terror by al Qaeda in Britain and in the United States. His rant must be taken extremely seriously. First, while Osama bin Laden is a hateful, murderous Islamist radical, there is a difference in psychology between him and Zawahiri. Bin Laden falls into the category of those who became radicals to fill a void in their lives. The...
  • Wahhabi War of the Worlds Comes to Seattle

    08/01/2005 7:32:43 AM PDT · by Valin · 10 replies · 1,823+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 7/29/05 | Stephen Schwartz
    On July 22, the day after Phase 2 of the London terror bombings, the domination of American Islam by the Saudi-financed Wahhabi conspiracy was dramatized with the arrest of a Saudi subject, Abdullah Alnoshan, 44, employed by the infamous Muslim World League (MWL). Alnoshan was detained at his Alexandria, Va. residence by agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Washington Post reported that the MWL, an official arm of the Saudi monarchy charged with charitable work to advance global Wahhabism, remains a target of investigation by Treasury and other federal officials....
  • The Good Ayatollah

    08/01/2005 7:28:21 AM PDT · by Valin · 19 replies · 600+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 7/12/04 | Stephen Schwartz
    Much hope is presently vested, by friends of a free Iraq, in the 74-year-old grand ayatollah, Sayyid Ali al-Husseini Sistani. Ayatollah Sistani acts as a marja, or religious guide, for many if not most Iraqi Shia Muslims from his residence in the holy city of Najaf. Since the Shia make up about 60 percent of Iraq's population, it is a matter of some interest to know just where the grand ayatollah would lead his followers. Sistani has thus far been an unwavering advocate of elected government in Iraq (far more steadfast than the Coalition itself). And now it is possible...
  • Death of a King

    08/01/2005 12:05:57 PM PDT · by Stephen Schwartz · 16 replies · 770+ views
    The Daily Standard ^ | August 1, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    Death of a King Fahd's death provides a chance of Saudi Arabia and a challenge to his successor, Abdullah. by Stephen Schwartz 08/01/2005 2:00:00 PM KING FAHD BIN ABDUL AZIZ of Saudi Arabia has died in Riyadh at 84, after 10 years in a coma. Crown Prince Abdullah, Fahd's half-brother and himself aged 81, has taken the throne. We may expect a flood of praise from credulous Westerners for Fahd, hailing him as a friend of the United States and a moderate. In reality, the 10-year vegetative state in which Fahd survived was characterized by the opposite of either sincere...
  • Uzbekistan, Russia, and America

    07/22/2005 4:38:52 PM PDT · by Stephen Schwartz · 4 replies · 286+ views
    The Daily Standard ^ | 7-22-2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    An Outpost of Tyranny Rumsfeld goes to Central Asia: What he needs to know about Wahhabism, Karimov, and the 'Stans. by Stephen Schwartz 07/22/2005 3:30:00 PM ON JULY 25, DEFENSE secretary Donald Rumsfeld is scheduled to visit Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan. The topic of discussion will be the continuation of U.S. military activities at Manas, the U.S. base on Kyrgyz territory established after 9/11 propelled Central Asia back to strategic importance. The post-Soviet republics of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan--collectively known to Westerners as "the 'stans"--were remote, somnolent, and impoverished until the fall of the Soviet Union. With...
  • Bye-Bye, Bandar

    07/22/2005 6:56:05 AM PDT · by Stephen Schwartz · 1 replies · 407+ views
    New York Post ^ | July 22, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    BYE-BYE, BANDAR By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ WITH the departure, announced this week, of the dean of Washington's diplomatic corps, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, from his post as Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, an epoch has ended. Unfortunately, regardless of praise heaped upon him by the cadre of professional American apologists for the desert kingdom, the 22-year tenure of Ambassador Bandar has seen little more than deceit, corruption and horror in U.S.-Saudi relations.
  • Bandar Out, Turki In

    07/20/2005 2:04:14 PM PDT · by Stephen Schwartz · 11 replies · 740+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 7/20/2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    Good Riddance . . . But Not Much Improvement Prince Bandar, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the United States, is out. Prince Turki is in. by Stephen Schwartz 07/20/2005 3:45:00 PM AS ANNOUNCED ON Wednesday, July 20, Saudi Arabia's long-serving ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz, is leaving town. Allegedly, he resigned. The dean of the foreign diplomatic corps in Washington will be replaced by Prince Turki al Faisal, the former intelligence chief of the kingdom. Seeing the last of the unctuous Bandar will be viscerally pleasing to many Americans and to Saudi liberal dissidents. The...
  • London: The Pakistani Connection - (If Saudi Arabia is the "USSR," Pakistan is "East Germany!")

    07/13/2005 3:34:26 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 7 replies · 524+ views
    WEEKLY STANDARD.COM ^ | JULY 13, 2005 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS after the horror in London on July 7, media in Britain and abroad focused considerable attention on "Londonistan"--the local zoo of Islamist agitators, almost entirely Arab, who have made headlines for years with their extremist preaching. Analytical lines, many of them useful, were drawn to al Qaeda and Iraq, but almost nobody looked at domestic Muslim extremism in the United Kingdom. Close observers of the British Islamic community, however, few of whom seem to have been consulted by reporters or the government, had been discussing for months a dramatic increase in radical agitation by Pakistani...
  • LONDON: IT'S STILL THE SAUDIS - (unbelievable....but it is true! . . "royal" back-stabbers!)

    07/09/2005 4:58:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 28 replies · 1,188+ views
    ISLAMIC PLURALISM.ORG ^ | JULY 9, 2005 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    A GROUP calling itself "the Secret Group of al Qaeda's Jihad in Europe" has claimed "credit" for Thursday's deadly bombings in London. Some refer to the perpetrators of this latest horror as "an unknown group." But there is nothing mysterious about the background of the London atrocities. First, and foremost, there is nothing secret, unknown or hidden about the prime source of financing for the terrorists: Saudi Arabia. As the leading Saudi human-rights activist, Ali al-Ahmed, of the Washington-based Saudi Institute, puts it, "all the roads lead to Riyadh." The Saudi kingdom continues to channel money and recruits to terror...
  • IT'S STILL THE SAUDIS

    07/09/2005 11:37:15 AM PDT · by Sabramerican · 46 replies · 1,744+ views
    New York Post ^ | 7/9/2005 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    IT'S STILL THE SAUDIS By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ A GROUP calling itself "the Secret Group of al Qaeda's Jihad in Europe" has claimed "credit" for Thursday's deadly bombings in London. Some refer to the perpetrators of this latest horror as "an unknown group." But there is nothing mysterious about the background of the London atrocities. First, and foremost, there is nothing secret, unknown or hidden about the prime source of financing for the terrorists: Saudi Arabia. As the leading Saudi human-rights activist, Ali al-Ahmed, of the Washington-based Saudi Institute, puts it, "all the roads lead to Riyadh." The Saudi kingdom...
  • Wahhabism -- the Syphilis of Islam

    05/02/2005 5:19:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies · 980+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | May 2, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    The conviction of Ali al-Timimi crystallizes a disease and the medicine needed to cure it. Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina - These thoughts emerge from a location I consider among the highest intellectual points of contemporary Islam: from within the walls of the Gazi Husrevbeg Medresa in Sarajevo. It is therefore a message from inside the Islamic umma, or world community, to the umma, and above all to American Muslims. I have written and spoken in the past of Wahhabism, the Saudi state cult, as a cancer within Islam. I have lately perceived a better parallel. Stalinism was once called “the syphilis of...
  • The "Islamophobes" That Aren't-Wahhabi lobby's targets anyone opposed to Islamist terrorism.

    04/28/2005 5:40:53 AM PDT · by SJackson · 52 replies · 4,484+ views
    Tech Central Station | Frontpagemagazine ^ | April 28, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    The Wahhabi lobby's "profiling" targets anyone opposed to Islamist terrorism. The "Islamophobes" That Aren't By Stephen SchwartzTech Central Station | April 28, 2005A continuous propaganda of grievance emanates from the Wahhabi lobby in America - the range of organizations that make up the country's "Islamic" establishment. Backed by Saudi Arabia and its state cult, which is the most extreme form of the religion of Muhammad, as well as by the Muslim Brotherhood (based in Egypt), and the jihadist Jama'ati movement in Pakistan, these groups have benign names: the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR),...
  • Daniel Pipes Knows How to Mix Just Enough Truth With Doctrine

    04/27/2005 7:50:42 AM PDT · by Valin · 30 replies · 883+ views
    Arab News ^ | 3/4/05 | Adrienne McPhail
    There are dangerous men in the world and Daniel Pipes is one of them. He first came to my attention several years ago during a visit to Washington. It appeared that a number of Arab-Americans were concerned about him and the growing influence he was exerting in the media and the political arenas. Prior to the attacks of Sept. 11 Pipes was voicing his apprehension regarding the dangers of Muslim immigration into the United States as a potential “fifth column” for radical Islamists. After the attacks, Pipe’s media exposure grew. Called upon as a “Middle Eastern expert,” he staged his...
  • Patriotic, Peaceful Muslims - (can this be genuine?..or is it a ploy?)

    04/08/2005 7:01:56 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 78 replies · 1,052+ views
    HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE.COM ^ | APRIL 7, 2005 | ROBERT SPENCER
    A new group of American Muslims has declared itself committed to moderation, patriotism, and peaceful coexistence with non-Muslims. It's called the Center for Islamic Pluralism, an organization made up of both American-born and immigrant Muslims, lifelong Muslims and converts. If this organization succeeds in being what it has set out to be, it will fill a vacuum many Americans have felt keenly since 9/11: it will be a real counterweight in the Islamic community to jihadist radicalism and fanaticism. In its inaugural press release the CIP declared its intention to "promote moderate Islam in the U.S. and globally; educate the...
  • Justin Raimondo: An American Neo-Fascist

    03/15/2005 1:19:56 AM PST · by rdb3 · 37 replies · 4,362+ views
    FPM ^ | 15 MARCH 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    Justin Raimondo: An American Neo-Fascist By Stephen Schwartz FrontPageMagazine.com | March 15, 2005 Dennis “Justin” Raimondo is a minor celebrity in the U.S., thanks to a 10-year career as an amateur demagogue in the libertarian milieu of the San Francisco Bay Area, a political environment where anything goes and nothing matters. He has the familiar personality traits of the type: “sentimental formlessness, absence of disciplined thought, ignorance combined with gaudy erudition.”  He poses as a conservative but maintains a website at antiwar.com, that features anti-American cranks like Noam Chomsky and is hugely popular with the left – not surprisingly since it...
  • Blog Interview: Stephen Schwartz ~ On Wahhabism ,Saudia Arabia and Pakistan

    03/08/2005 7:12:14 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies · 576+ views
    chrenkoff.blogspot.com ^ | Wednesday, March 09, 2005 | Chrenkoff
    For those who have been keenly following the war against the terrorists as well as those who finance and rouse them, Stephen Schwartz needs no introduction. Journalist and an author (most recently of "The Two Faces of Islam: The House of Sa'ud from Tradition to Terror"), he has been a vocal opponent of Wahhabism and an unmasker of many tentacles of the Terror International. He contributes frequently to Frontpage Magazine, the "Weekly Standard" and Tech Central Station. Today, I wanted to ask him about his take on the progress of the war on terror, what to do about Saudi Arabia,...
  • Saudi assassination plot

    02/24/2005 6:34:19 AM PST · by Stephen Schwartz · 58 replies · 1,248+ views
    The New York Post ^ | February 24, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
    SAUDI 'SOLDIER' BY STEPHEN SCHWARTZ IN Alexandria, Va., on Tuesday, a 23-year-old Northern Virginia man of Saudi Arabian background named Ahmed Omar Abu Ali was charged with conspiring to assassinate President Bush. Abu Ali and his accomplices are accused of plotting to kill the president by gunfire or a car bomb. The indictment also spells out such criminal activities as assisting and receiving support from Osama bin Laden's band of murderers. Abu Ali was extradited to Virginia after many months in a Saudi jail. What's most remarkable about this case is the degree to which this would-be assassin is a...
  • The End of the Counter-Culture: Hunter S. Thompson, 1939 - 2005

    02/21/2005 11:00:35 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 43 replies · 1,918+ views
    Weekly Standard.com ^ | 2/22/05 | Stephen Schwartz
    THE SUICIDE of Hunter S. Thompson, aged 65, according to the New York Times, or 67, according to the Washington Post, at his home in Aspen, may definitively mark the conclusion of the chaotic "baby-boomer" rebellion that began in the 1950s and crested in the 1960s, and which was dignified with the title of "the counter-culture." "Counter" it was, as an expression of defiance toward everything normal and reliable in society. "Culture" it was not, any more than Thompson's incoherent scribblings constituted, as they were so often indulgently described, a form of journalism. When a major representative of any dramatic...
  • Saudis feel winds of change

    02/13/2005 6:20:46 AM PST · by kipita · 13 replies · 515+ views
    BBC ^ | 12 February 2005 | Kim Ghattas
    It has been an interesting week here in Riyadh, a week in which the Saudis have worked hard to try to project a new image to the world. This is the birthplace of Osama Bin Laden. It is also the birthplace of most of the 11 September hijackers. Since that day, the world's perception of this country has changed dramatically. Saudi Arabia is no longer seen only as a country of spendthrift princes and princesses, but as a nation that produced people filled with hatred for the West. So when the Saudis announced they were holding a counter-terrorism conference, many...
  • We Won! (Defeating 'The Coalition of the Wrong')

    01/31/2005 5:20:51 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 369+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | January 31, 2005 | Stephen Schwartz
       TCS  The news from Iraq is spectacularly good: local authorities estimate almost 75 percent of the electorate has voted. This is a triumph for every Iraqi, for America , for the Muslim world -- indeed, for the whole world. But it is a particular victory for an exceedingly small group in Washington : those who maintained confidence in the appeal of democracy, in the commonsense and intelligence of the Iraqis, and in the correctness of the path taken by President George W. Bush to Baghdad and beyond.  As stated, the group of non-Iraqis in America entitled to exult...
  • "I Call the President Imam Bush": A Turning Point in Islamic and World History

    12/22/2004 7:11:23 AM PST · by wjersey · 25 replies · 958+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 12/22/2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    If one were to rely on the mainstream Western media, one would assume that the situation in Iraq represents nothing more than a disaster and a horrible error by the United States. This media spin, which is more pronounced and strident than any in recent memory, is based on two critical flaws in the way Western media work. The first is the most obvious and is known to millions: the bias of Western reporters, and nearly all the experts and other sources on which they depend, against the Bush administration's policy of democratization in the Middle East. For such commentators,...
  • Is Libya Contagious?

    12/13/2004 9:18:13 AM PST · by RepCath · 6 replies · 517+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 12/13/2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    ACCORDING TO ISRAEL'S leading newspaper of record, Yediot Ahronot, fascinating developments are underway in the Arab world. They appear to be stimulated by a possible breakthrough between Israel and the Palestinian leadership, against the backdrop of America's toppling of the dictatorship in Iraq. On December 6, Yediot reporters Itamar Eichner, Haim Shibi, and Gad Lior wrote that the Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi has invited Moshe Kahlon, the deputy speaker of the Israeli parliament, to Tripoli. The purported topic of conversations there: Jewish properties in Libya. By all logic, such a discussion could only involve restitution to Jewish owners, either...
  • The New Evil Empire? (Applying Cold War lessons to Saudi global mischief)

    12/10/2004 2:36:01 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 1 replies · 369+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | December 10, 2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    AS PRESIDENT BUSH prepares to begin his second term, he has an opportunity to turn a page in U.S. relations with Saudi Arabia. In crafting his policy, the president should draw on American experience with another ideologically expansionist dictatorship--one successfully countered and transformed thanks in part to U.S. policy--the Soviet Union. The president may be aided in this by his former Sovietologist secretary of state-designate, Condoleezza Rice.There are many telling parallels between the Soviet Union and Saudi Arabia. First, the USSR led, and Saudi Arabia now leads, an ideological movement with global reach. From the time of the Bolshevik revolution...
  • Murderous Monotheists: What Zarqawi believes.

    10/02/2004 12:54:53 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 11 replies · 549+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | October 11, 2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    Faced with the series of beheadings and other grisly crimes committed in Iraq by the followers of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Westerners may wonder why this gang should call itself "Monotheism and Jihad." The group's Arabic name, Tawhid wa'al-Jihad, is often misleadingly translated "Unity and Jihad," which could lead English-speakers to suppose that Zarqawi and company are acting in the name of a united Iraqi nation, or of Arab unity, or of solidarity among jihadists or Muslims generally. But Tawhid does not mean "unity," much less "unification"; it means "uniqueness," as in the uniqueness of God the Creator. To understand the...
  • Stephen Schwartz: Elections and the Muslim World

    09/30/2004 9:39:28 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 333+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | October 1, 2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    We are approaching a cycle of elections that will have a decisive effect on the U.S. and the world. Aside from the obvious international significance of the American voting in November, Afghanistan will hold a democratic election this month, and Iraq will carry out its balloting in January.         Critics of America's experiment in exporting democracy to the Islamic world have repeatedly offered two objections to its continuation. The first embodies the charge that our alleged intrusion into the Muslim global community has stirred greater resentment of our power, and worsened the terrorist threat. The second holds that elections in Muslim...
  • The Worst of Cat Stevens

    09/26/2004 7:12:44 AM PDT · by Valin · 63 replies · 1,766+ views
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9/24/04 | Stephen Schwartz
    EARLIER THIS WEEK, I commented that, as Yusuf Islam, the singer Cat Stevens has held to an extreme Islamic fundamentalist position regarding music. I wrote, "Wahhabism, the state religion in Saudi Arabia, and the inspirer of al Qaeda, is especially known for its hatred of music. In Wahhabi theology, all music except for drum accompaniment to religious chanting is haram, or forbidden. . . . Yusuf Islam has demonstrated his sympathy for this posture on several occasions. . . . In 1997, he released an album titled I Have No Cannons That Roar, dedicated, he said, to the cause of...
  • Is Cat Stevens a Terrorist?

    09/23/2004 1:07:18 AM PDT · by kattracks · 61 replies · 1,438+ views
    Weekly Standard via FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 9/23/04 | Stephen Schwartz
    On Tuesday, U.S. authorities diverted a United Airlines London-Washington flight to Bangor, Maine, where the ex-pop singer formerly known as Cat Stevens, now as Yusuf Islam, was questioned by federal security agents, and then ordered deported back to Britain. Yusuf Islam, it turns out, is on the official "no-fly list."This action will doubtless provoke loud and prolonged guffaws from those who consider American security policies to be excessive. But a look at the career and associations of Yusuf Islam since he became a Muslim in 1977 shows that the decision was correct.Yusuf Islam is already well known for his public...
  • Is Saudi Arabia Holy Soil? (Stephen Schwartz smites Pat Buchanan with a dope slap.

    09/20/2004 8:43:39 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 28 replies · 933+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | September 21, 2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    Last week — that is, just over three years after the atrocities of September 11 — the U.S. government, for the first time, listed Saudi Arabia as a "country of particular concern" on issues of religious freedom. The State Department described the kingdom as a place where no religious liberty exists, except for the state-supported Wahhabi sect of Islam. Indeed, in a real shocker, State actually used the word "Wahhabi," rather than avoiding any specific identification of those to blame, or utilizing such favored euphemisms as "extreme Sunni Muslims" or "adherents of an austere, rigid Islam." As State noted, millions...
  • Wahhabi Lobby Crack-Up?

    08/11/2004 5:25:14 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies · 680+ views
    Tech Central Station | frontpagemag.com ^ | August 11, 2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    As atrocities make news around the world, CAIR and its ilk are finding it difficult to defend Islamic extremism. Although few American journalists know how to report on it, a change is slowly developing in the American Muslim community. Terrorist atrocities, exemplified by the recent series of horrific, videotaped beheadings, have increased in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and other countries, even as the U.S.-led campaign against Islamist extremism, both political and military, continues. The federal authorities, in the Report of the 9/11 Commission, finally summoned up the will to identify the enemy: not merely "terrorism," but radical Islamist ideology. Given...
  • The Holy War Foundation

    08/02/2004 8:22:29 AM PDT · by Sabertooth · 8 replies · 586+ views
    FrontPageMagazine ^ | July 30, 2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    On Tuesday the federal authorities struck another serious blow against the toleration of Islamist terrorist activities on American soil, by arresting five former leaders of the so-called Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development, which, as I have previously argued, would be better called the Holy War Foundation.   HLF is, after all, a front for the Palestinian suicide terror gang Hamas, which is mainly funded by Saudi Arabia. < -snip- > HLF long functioned as the nerve center of the “Wahhabi lobby” in the U.S., headquartered in Texas, with branch offices in Paterson, N.J., Bridgeview, Ill., and San Diego.  Established...
  • The Saudi House of Mirrors

    06/24/2004 2:28:02 AM PDT · by kattracks · 6 replies · 162+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 6/24/04 | Stephen Schwartz
    As Westerners, as well as Muslims around the globe, watch the development of events in and associated with the Saudi kingdom, it becomes increasingly obvious to all that a curtain of deception, distortion, disinformation, and deceit stands between Saudi reality and the world. I once called this the "Matrix" effect. That is, I, like other Sufis, saw the film The Matrix as a probably-unintended allegory of Wahhabism and its control of world Islam, and the combatants against it, with their use of mental discipline, martial arts, and "miracles," as comparable to the spiritual opponents of the Saudi/Wahhabi power structure. But...
  • PUSH THE PRINCES

    06/19/2004 2:54:44 AM PDT · by kattracks · 10 replies · 455+ views
    New York Post ^ | 6/19/04 | STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
    June 19, 2004 -- YESTERDAY'S brutal murder of Paul Johnson was just the latest atrocity by terrorist Wahhabis — extremist acolytes of the hate cult that's rooted in the heart of the Saudi state. And the lessons are simple: * Terrorism terrorizes. Extremely vile terrorism that literally goes for the throat terrorizes most of all. Bombs go off and are forgotten in a week. The horrible deaths of Daniel Pearl, Nick Berg, and Paul M. Johnson, Jr. stick in our minds. * Beheading is low-cost, and flatters the Wahhabis' belief that they are imitating the Prophet Muhammad, who lived in...
  • Muslim Silence… and Muslim Noise

    05/17/2004 10:30:28 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 29 replies · 192+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | May 17, 2004 | Stephen Schwartz
    I had intended to follow my last TCS column, on the growing crisis of American Islam — i.e. on the problem of extremist domination of the American Muslim community — with some long-developed reflections on the silence of the American Muslim community about the extremist threat to America's security, and to the situation of American Muslims. Unquestionably, the continued extremist dominance of Islamic discourse within the U.S. and globally -- and Muslim passivity in the face of it -- threatens American Muslims even more, in some respects, than it does non-Muslim Americans. Non-Muslim Americans simply cannot be blamed for interpreting Muslim community...