Friday, February 22, 2008

Human Rights Commission too busy with transsexuals and thought crimes to help the elderly

This story burns me up even more after this weekend's story by Margaret Wente profiling two transsexuals who have a plastic surgeon before a human rights commission because he won't perform labiaplasty and a breast augmentation on them.

Ontario's Human Rights Commission says it's too busy now to look into complaints that elderly nursing home patients are being left to fester in urine-soaked diapers.

In a letter to Ontario Federation of Labour head Wayne Samuelson, who requested an investigation last November, commission policy and education director François Larsen said the rights body is not only swamped with work but is busy reorganizing itself to meet requirements of new provincial legislation.

"As a result of these factors, our resources will be stretched simply to cover existing work, and we need to be very selective about committing to new projects," the letter, dated Feb. 8, reads.

In an interview yesterday, Larsen said the commission might revisit the diaper issue later – if it gets enough money from Premier Dalton McGuinty's provincial government. "This is a very compelling issue," he said. "(But) we don't know how many resources we will have."

"Unbelievable," an audibly frustrated Samuelson said yesterday, "It's absolutely unbelievable

Canadian Association of Journalists back Steyn and Levant

Yesterday, I told you that PEN, a Canadian literary group, issued a statement calling for the federal government to remove the hate speech clause from the Canadian Human Right Act.

Today, the Canadian Association of Journalists finally weighed in on the issue.

OTTAWA, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists is calling on federal and provincial governments to amend human rights legislation to stop a pattern of disturbing attacks on freedom of speech.
Two recent cases spotlight the dangers of allowing state-backed agencies to censor speech based on subjective perceptions of offensiveness - MacLean's magazine, which is facing complaints in two provinces and nationally for an article by syndicated columnist Mark Steyn, and Ezra Levant, the former publisher of the Western Standard who is now before the Alberta Human Rights Commission for his decision to publish the Danish cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad.

"Human rights commissions were never intended to act as a form of thought police," said CAJ President Mary Agnes Welch. "But now they're being used to chill freedom of expression on matters that are well beyond accepted Criminal Code restrictions on free speech."

The CAJ supports Liberal MP Keith Martin's private members motion to have section 13(1) of federal human rights legislation, the clause dealing with published material, repealed. Similar provincial legislation should also be amended as required.

The tide is really turning in Canada now. Thanks to all the Americans who have helped keep this a major issue in the blogosphere and on talk radio in the U.S.

The CAJ also had this to say about the Conservative government and other federal parties that have failed to step up and take a position on Martin's motion.

"The lack of political leadership on this issue, apart from Mr. Martin and a few others, is appalling," said Welch.

To quote Mark Steyn from The Corner today:

C'mon, Prime Minister, why be the last guy to jump on the bandwagon?

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Video: Iraqi Insurgents -- Greatest Hits

I saw this video on Live Leak this morning and was saving it for tonight.

Much to my chagrin, Rusty at Jawa beat me to it so a hat tip to him, alright.

Lionheart speaks with the police

I'm not a fan of the British blogger Lionheart because of his relationship with the BNP and because he made a post suggesting Charles Johnson of LFG would be shot as a traitor during World War II.

Nonetheless, Lionheart has released what seems like a legitimate audio recording of his conversation with a British police investigator about his case for spreading hate on his blog and, if this is for real, it's quite scary.

There are five recordings with two investigators. In this one, the investigator confirms he will be arrested when he arrives at the police station and interviewed. The investigator also will not tell him what is on his blog that warrants a criminal investigation.

Steyn: Who's the biggest Holocaust denier of them all?

Canadian Liberal strategist Warren Kinsella is accusing those in Canada and around the world fighting to end Canada's hate speech laws as being on the same team as David Irving, who he calls "the most notorious Holocaust denier on the planet."

Mark Steyn quickly corrects the record.

By "most notorious Holocaust denier", Warren means the British historian David Irving. In fact, "the most notorious Holocaust denier on the planet" is President Ahmadinejad, who denies the last Holocaust even as he urges on the next one. Warren doesn't seem to have much to say on that score, which is a pity. Nobody needs "brave" (Warren's word) men like Richard Warman who dedicate their lives to battling an enemy vanquished 60 years ago. It's easy to pick the right side when it's all settled and retrospective.

But, since "guilt by association" is the only game Warren knows how to play, look at it this way. Yes, David Irving's on my side, and David Icke, the man who believes the Queen is a shape-shifting blood-drinking space lizard. But who's on Warren's side? Mohamed Elmasry, who thinks all Israelis over 18 are a legitimate target for murder, and Khaled Mouammar, who smeared Bob Rae for the crime of having a Jewish wife. Are you "proud" to have the "most notorious" Judeophobes in Canada on your team, Warren?

More to the point, they're the only guys on his team. Over on my side, we have not only David Irving but Keith Martin, Liberal Member of Parliament; The Globe & Mail, Canada's establishment newspaper; two-time Canadian columnist of the year Margaret Wente; the CBC's Rex Murphy; Toronto Star columnist Kelly Toughill; leftie colossus Noam Chomsky; and PEN Canada, an organization headed by former viceregal consort John Ralston Saul and run by the cream of the CanCon literati - Margaret Atwood, Rohinton Mistry, David Cronenberg, Louise Dennys, etc.

Are they all Nazis just because they're on the same side as notorious Jew-haters like David Irving, Ezra Levant, Jonathan Kay and Mark Steyn?

3 U.S. Senators involved in helicopter incident in Afghanistan: UPDATE: Hagel's office tells Fox News all 3 are okay

Fox News is reporting that a helicopter carrying U.S. Senators John Kerry, Joe Biden and Chuck Hagel has made an emergency landing in Afghanistan.

No other details.


UPDATE now has the news up on its banner.

UPDATE 2: now has it in its banner.


A Fox news producer spoke with Hagel's office and says all 3 were okay and are continuing with their trip.

Another group backs Steyn and Levant. Where is the Conservative government?

PEN Canada, which is by no means a conservative organization, has joined the chorus of voices who are calling for eliminating parts of the Canadian Human Rights Act dealing with hate speech, the same law that has Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant before Human Rights Commissions.

The statement is in PDF format, but I'm reprinting the whole thing. If you don't want to read it in it's entirety, I've highlighted the best parts and I have more about what this means at the bottom of this post.

PEN Canada calls for changes to human rights commission legislation

February 4, 2008 -- PEN Canada calls on the federal and provincial governments
to change human rights commission legislation to ensure commissions can no
longer be used to attempt to restrict freedom of expression in Canada.

Recent complaints in Alberta against journalist Ezra Levant and in Ontario
against Maclean’s magazine and its writer Mark Steyn raise disturbing questions
about the degree to which human rights commissions have taken it upon
themselves to become arbiters of what constitutes free speech.

PEN Canada believes this is not the role of human rights commissions and that
governments across the country need to make that clear both to their
commissions and to Canadians.

Neither Mr. Levant nor Maclean’s magazine and Mr Steyn published anything
that incited violence against the Muslim community although both have been
subject of complaints to commissions. Nor did their comments violate anyone’s
human rights.

As the Canadian Civil LIberties Association has suggested, human rights
legislation was designed to prevent discrimination in workplaces, in accommodation and in providing goods and services to individuals. Commissions were created to adjudicate complaints about such issues when they arose. They were never designed to restrict the free expression of opinions.

“Whether you agree with Mr. Levant’s decision that the Western Standard should
publish the Danish cartoons about the prophet Mohammed or not, no one in a free and democratic country such as Canada can seriously argue the magazine should not have the right to publish them,” said PEN Canada’s national affairs chair Christopher Waddell.

“That is equally true for Maclean’s magazine and the excerpt it published from
Mark Steyn’s book that led to the complaint against that publication.”
Neither complaints should ever have been accepted by a human rights
commission and both should be immediately dismissed.

To ensure there is no repetition of such attempts to constrain freedom of expression through the guise of human rights legislation, PEN supports calls for removal of subsection 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act which states that it is discriminatory when individual or groups say or write anything that is “likely to expose a person or persons to hatred or contempt.”

Similar wording in provincial human rights statutes should likewise be removed.

PEN becomes the latest member of the Canadian establishment to say that these human rights commissions have gone too far.

How can critics in Canada continue to suggest this is the work of knuckledragging conservatives?

You now have

1.) PEN
2.) The Liberal Toronto Star
3.) The left leaning Globe and Mail
4.) A Liberal MP

All these groups realize the dangers these thought crime laws have on Canada's freedoms.

When will the federal Conservative government step up to the plate and eliminate the Section 13 (1)?

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Why Ahmadinejad's Israel is "bacteria" comment is troubling

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is at it again.

In yet another verbal attack against Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Jewist state a "filthy bacteria" whose sole purpose was to oppress the other nations in the region.

"The world powers established this filthy bacteria, the Zionist regime, which is lashing out at the nations in the region like a wild beast," the Iranian president told supporters at a rally in southern Iran.

These latest comments have attracted the attention of Stephen Peter Rosen at Middle East Strategy at Harvard.

I am worried. Last year I did some historical research on the shifts in discourse within British, Japanese, and South African official elites prior to their use of biological weapons. In all these cases, including the deliberate distribution of small pox-infected blankets by the British in North America, the use of bubonic plague by the Japanese in China, and the use of anthrax by the South Africans in what was then Rhodesia, use of biological agents was preceded by an escalation of rhetorical campaigns to demonize and dehumanize the targeted enemy.

The problem in using these shifts in discourse as an early warning indicator, is, of course, one of calibration and of over-prediction. Many references to enemies as less than human are not associated with biological attacks or other unconventional mass killings. Some streams of discourse are chronically laden with dehumanizing rhetoric. Detecting meaningful shifts requires close study of the discourse of interest over time, and I have not done this with regard to Iran and Israel. Casual observation suggests that references to Israel as a “cancer” are old, but that the reference to Israel as a “black and dirty microbe” is new.

On the basis of my historical research, my recommendation was that a significant shift in discourse of this character be used as a indicator that we should focus intelligence collection assets on a target that is now suspected of being willing to engage in mass killing by unconventional means, and to issue specific deterrent threats of retaliation. I do not know if either of these measures has been adopted by the government of Israel, or the United States, but it would seem prudent for them to do so.

Persian babe of the day

Bahar Soomekh (Persian: بهار سومخ Hebrew: בהאר סומך born March 30, 1975) is an Iranian- born American Screen Actors Guild Award-winning actress and environmental activist. She began acting in the early 2000s, and is perhaps best known for her film roles in the films Crash (2004), Mission: Impossible III (2006), and Saw III (2006).

Video: Lebanese journalist says Hezbollah may try to assassinate key Israeli officials overseas

Hezbollah will seek revenge for Imad Mugniyah one on one, for them Mugniyah was considered to be on the same footing as Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak, veteran Lebanese journalist Salam Eid said in a telephone interview with's CEO Olivier Rafowicz. Speaking from Beirut, Eid said Hezbulloh will strike back, it may take a month, it could take a year, but they will avenge Mugniyah's death.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Klein Forest High School's Orchestra: Mission Impossible Theme

Video: Irshad Manji welcomes death threats

This video interview of Irshad Manji has been on YouTube for two weeks and already has attracted death threats in the comments.

But Manji says she doesn't care.

Debate is great. So why has another part of this debate - a death threat leveled against me early on - suddenly been removed from the responses section?

Two weeks ago, senadin wrote “Kill this whore now.” View the PDF of this comment by clicking here: a_j_comments1.pdf. Hint: It’s on the second page.

Now that comment is gone. Who’s censoring and why?

Is it YouTube editors who fear the implications of letting death threats remain posted? If so, I gladly give them permission to restore the threat and I waive any liability on their part for doing so.

After all, it’s important for people to see that in the name of protecting Islam’s pristine image, some Muslims paradoxically feel comfortable soliciting murder. That’s called a reality check.

. . . Then they came for LGF

The U.S. Muslim Brotherhood front group CAIR calls in the FBI

WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council on
American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today asked the St. Louis, Mo., office of
the FBI to investigate apparent threats against a local mosque posted on an
anti-Muslim Internet hate site.

Threatening comments on the Little Green Footballs hate site about a
new minaret being built near that mosque included:

1. "I suppose dynamite would be considered an extreme response."

. . .

2. "The tower would make a nice target for lots of things... Perhaps
one could start by bombing the thing with pig s**t from a light plane."

. . .

3. "Anyone got some RPGs to coat in pig fat?"

. . .

4. "Would be a shame if it were to be vandalized or destroyed. Just a
shame I tell you....wink wink STL youth."

Note theses comments were made in the comments thread.

Charles Johnson of LGF explains
Note that the comments quoted by CAIR in their press release were posted only this morning, and were deleted as soon as I received reports about them. They’re watching LGF’s comments closer than I am.

Video: Apache Engages Insurgent Safe House By 30mm Cannon And Missiles - Iraq

A commenter at Live Leak says

I can watch these all day long!

Me, too. But this runs 7:28 so you'd have to watch it 193 times for it to take up a full day.


Another Bilal Hussein working for CTV in Afghanistan

Reports say he was captured in October, but I can't find anything on Google before today.

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - A media advocacy group says a journalist with Canadian television station CTV has been held without charge by the U.S. military in Afghanistan since October, and the military should file charges or set him free.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said it is ``greatly concerned'' by the detention of Jawed Ahmad, an Afghan who worked for the network. He is being held at the military compound in Bagram north of Kabul.

Ahmad, 22, who is also known as Jojo Yazemi, was detained in the southern city of Kandahar in October. His brother, Siddique Ahmad, told The Associated Press that the military accused Jawed of having contact with local Taliban fighters. Jawed Ahmad said the military believed he had improper contact with Taliban officials because he had Taliban phone numbers and a video of Taliban materials, according to his brother.

It doesn't sound too unusual, but of course it's his brother who is providing the information. The U.S. military is not saying much.

Maj. Chris Belcher, a U.S. military spokesman, confirmed Tuesday that Ahmad is being held at the Bagram facility but said he could not discuss details of the case.

It is common for journalists in Afghanistan to have contact information of Taliban fighters so they can seek militants' comments for news stories.

Audio: Steyn discusses Shirlene McGoven's resignation and his case

Not everybody lives in Calgary and or listens to CHQR's The World Tonight with Rob Breckenbridge.

Fortunately, he podcasts his show.

Here's an interview with Mark Steyn from Monday evening.

Video: Steyn: "I, too, am in favour of bombing Iran"

This is from last week's Power Line Book Award ceremony, which honoured Norman Podhoretz's World War IV. Mark Steyn makes the case against Iran having nuclear weapons and why he thinks they would use them.

(Hat tip Gateway Pundit)

Canada hasn't jumped on the Kosovo bandwagon

Kudos to the Conservative government for not jumping on the Kosovo recognition bandwagon, despite pressure from opposition leader Stephane Dion.

The Harper government is staying mum on whether it will officially recognize the breakaway state of Kosovo, a decision that it wants to ensure has no impact on Canada's ongoing debate over Quebec separatism.

Canada's silence comes as the United States and key European Union powers quickly recognized Kosovo as an independent nation yesterday, while Russia, China and some EU members opposed the territory's split from Serbia.

Asked what Canada will do, Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier's office referred calls to a departmental spokesman who said Ottawa is still thinking things over.

"We note that the parliament of Kosovo has adopted a declaration of independence," André Lemay said.

"We are assessing the situation," he said, adding Canada backs United Nations efforts to broker a peaceful solution.

For once, Canada's national unity debate may have a positive result.

While the government is concerned about it encouraging Quebec nationalists, I'm concerned about what this means for Islamic umma given the Secretary General of the Organization of the Islamic Conference, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, and his comment: "There is no doubt that the independence of Kosovo will be an asset to the Muslim world and further enhance the joint Islamic action"

Saudi ambassador tells Canadians to Google Rachel Corrie

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Canada wrote a letter to the National Post today in response to an article by Israel's ambassador to Canada that criticizes "Israel Apartheid Week" recently held on Canadian university campuses.

The Saudi ambassador tells Canadians that the truth is out there about the reality of what's going on in Israel.

Re: the poisonous myth of 'Israeli Apartheid,' Alan Baker, Feb 14.

While I acknowledge the Israeli ambassador's right to defend his country with respect to the "Israeli Apartheid Week" recently hosted by several Canadian universities, I don't think that he has the right to somehow implicate and attack the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in his article. The fact that his country is considered an apartheid regime has absolutely nothing to do with Saudi Arabia.

When I arrived in Canada I quickly realized that this country has a deep-rooted history of high principles and values and that everyone is equal before the law in terms of their rights and obligations. In this same spirit, I tried to avoid getting involved in confrontations with any of my colleagues, knowing that there is no such thing as absolute truth.

Thus, I was very keen not to get involved in any frictions with the Israeli ambassador, as I am convinced that the reality on the ground is sufficient enough to condemn Israel's conscience without any further contribution form my part.

For this reason, I leave it up to readers to learn about the reality on the ground in Israel by referring, for instance, to the American peace activist Rachel Corrie on the internet or Palestine: Peace not Apartheid by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.
Abdulaziz H. Al-Sowayegh.

ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to Canada, Ottawa.

Liberal MP accuses Prime Minister of "muzzling" his MPs on free speech

The Liberal MP who put forward a motion in Canada's Parliament to revoke the hate speech clause in the Canadian Human Rights Act is accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of "muzzling" his MPs to prevent them from speaking on the issue.

Keith Martin made the comments when asked about talking points leaked to a Canadian blogger last week that provided Conservative MPs evasive answers for questions about supporting Martin's motion.

Harper, who was a critic of human rights commissions when he was involved with the pro-liberty National Citizens Coalition, is becoming the target of criticism from Canadian conservatives for his silence and the talking points.

On Monday, Ezra Levant revealed in an interview with Shire Network News that members of the Conservative caucus had told him that the Conservative command centre was concerned that supporting the motion could open them up to charges of being anti-human rights.

Here's an excerpt from Martin's interview with Deborah Gyapong, who is becoming the Fallaci of the Parliamentary Press Gallery.

"I think its unfortunate many members of the Conservative party have been very supportive of this, including the prime minister before he became prime minister. I hope that the prime minister sees that by having the motion introduced by somebody else and the positive response that it has drawn, it creates a safe space upon which he can take it upon himself and his government can take it upon itself to introduce it at committee where the committee can actually look at this in a responsible, public and transparent fashion."

"I’m disappointed that the prime minister is attempting to muzzle his caucus ironically on an issue of freedom of speech. And I know that he doesn’t personally agree with that--"

"I hope that the prime minister really moves away from this position which is really untenable given his previous comments and the fact that there are very few true rights in our country. If there’s one responbility this this House has, that this Parliament has its to defend those rights."

Monday, February 18, 2008

Quietly and without much fanfare, the National Post publishes the Danish cartoons

Turns out the National Post became the first mainstream Canadian news outlet to publish one of the blasphemous Mohammed cartoons last week and nobody noticed.

Expect a human rights complaint real soon.

It was only one column-wide and was buried near the bottom of page two, but last Tuesday, the National Post joined the ranks of newspapers that dared to publish one of the controversial Muhammad cartoons. And compared to the widespread protests that greeted their initial publication in a Danish newspaper two years ago, few people seemed bothered this time.

As of Friday, only a handful of complaints have come in. Three times as many readers wrote in to congratulate us on running the cartoon showing Muhammad with a stick of dynamite in his turban.

"The decision to reproduce one of the caricatures of the Prophet is to be applauded," said Max Finucane, "although it should have happened two years ago when the fuss originally occurred."

"The Muhammad cartoon does not say that Muhammad or all Muslims carry such bombs," added Jiti Khanna. "It says that there are jihadi Muslims who use the Koran and the hadith to justify violence against those who oppose their political objectives … Muslims must work to educate their jihadis about joining the modern world of basic rights and freedoms in which political cartooning is a hard-won freedom." - Our electronic mail box was crammed with angry notes last Monday, following the publication of "The Love & Sex Issue" two days before.

Canadian judge lets suspected terrorist remain free despite violating bail conditions

Welcome to Canada, where publishers are hauled before Star Chambers for printing cartoons and foreign terror suspects are released even after they violate the conditions of their bail.

A Federal Court judge has ruled that suspected terrorist Mohamed Harkat can remain free despite a "serious breach" of his bail conditions.

In a decision released Monday, Justice Eleanor Dawson rejected a request by the Canada Border Services Agency and Public Safety to put Harkat back in jail after his mother-in-law, who had helped guarantee his bail, moved out of their home without informing authorities.

Dawson also turned down the Crown's request that Harkat forfeit more than $100,000 in cash and bonds, saying the seizure would be unfair in light of the "unique and extraordinary circumstances" that led to his re-arrest Jan. 29.

Credit this story for providing full background information on who Harkat is unlike most stories I've seen recently.

Here's why Harkat is being held under a Security Certificate.

The Federal Court ruled previously that Harkat used an alias, travelled to Afghanistan and supported terrorism before he came to Canada - and that he lied about it when he entered the country.

Harkat has acknowledged he supported the Groupe islamique armee, or GIA , which authorities say seeks to establish an Islamic state in Algeria through the use of terrorist violence.

"Mr. Harkat's support of the GIA is consistent with support for the use of terrorist violence," the court ruled previously.

It said Harkat has assisted Islamic extremists who have come to Canada and that he associated with bin Laden lieutenant Abu Zubaida - since captured - in the early 1990s.

It also ruled that, since coming to Canada, Harkat had been in contact with people "known to be involved in Islamic militant activities."

Video: Apache Engage Insurgents By 30mm At Night - Iraq

A commenter at Live Leak says this about this video.

enemy destroyed! All remaining terrorists should
watch this vid and prepare their last will and

And you should prepare some popcorn, as this video of five insurgents caught at the old fishing hole runs 9:42, but it's worth watching.

LA Times surrenders, Reuters is holding out

The LA Times has surrendered in portraying Iraq as a lost cause.

It has taken nine bloody and difficult months, but the deployment of 30,000 additional U.S. troops appears at last to have brought not just a lull in the sectarian fighting in Iraq, but the first tangible steps toward genuine political reconciliation.

Los Angeles Times - 2-18-08

Meanwhile, Reuters is still holding out hope for failure.

The U.S. military and Iraqi officials have hailed vastly better security in Baghdad, western Anbar province and areas south of the capital, which has allowed people to venture out at night to shop at markets and eat at restaurants.

But in the cities of Samarra, Baquba and Mosul, the militants still sow fear.

Yes, as Reuters argues, there are still going to be more battles in Iraq. But here are the facts from a source not known as being right wing about the success in Baghdad.

Here is the latest (January 17) map of trends in ethno-sectarian violence in Baghdad, from the Multinational Force Iraq (MNF-I). The green areas are predominantly Shiite, the blue are mostly or predominantly Sunni, and the brown areas are closely mixed. The yellow-orange-red inflammation indicates “incidents where deaths occurred from any means that were clearly ethno-sectarian in motivation, to include car bombs.” The methodology for determining what constitutes ethno-sectarian violence is explained here.

Ezra Levant's interrogator quits

First Syed Soharwardy dropped his complaint and now this.

Shirlene McGovern, the Alberta Human Rights Commission officer, who has become an international blogosphere villain after being seen in the videotaped interrogation of Ezra Levant, has resigned from the case.

Ezra Levant has more.

Shirlene McGovern, the "human rights officer" who interrogated me, has resigned from my case. The human rights commission advised my lawyer that McGovern quit because of the public backlash against the commission -- and against her in particular. In other words, she didn't like being called a censor in the blogosphere.

I'm not sympathetic. I believe that any government bureaucrat who makes a living interrogating citizens about their political beliefs ought to be held in public contempt. McGovern truly doesn't get it -- she thinks what she does for a living is perfectly bland, just like her.

I blame Iowahawk for causing McGovern to fold.

In other Levant-related news, he was a guest today on the vastly underrated Shire Network News radio program.

In that interview, Levant says Conservative MPs in Ottawa are not taking on this issue because they still live in fear of the 2004 election campaign when the party lost because the Liberals and the media successfully painted them as anti Charter of Rights primarily because a backbench MP was caught on tape saying "The heck with the courts, eh?"

The Conservatives it seems just can't get over that 2004 election. It's hard to blame them as the media bias was on full display trying to save Paul Martin.

Of course Levant revealing this (which is what I always suspected in a general sense) raises some doubts about the reports that MPs weren't speaking out because they feared for their safety from Islamic radicals.

Video: Extreme Makeover: Iraqi Insurgent Home Edition

A moonbat in the LiveLeak comments says this about this video:

This is of course illegal under the Geneva Conventions. You are not allowed to destroy the residences of any civilians regardless of who they are or who you suspect them to be.

I say, I don't know. I'm not a lawyer and the moonbat commenter probably isn't either. But I do know that enjoying this video is not illegal under the Geneva convention, so sit back and watch some insurgent's crib get blasted.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Video: Military robot blown up by an IED in Iraq

The suspense will kill you and the soldiers will make you laugh. Two minutes of entertainment.

Video: Iraqi Insurgent Mortar Crew killed by UAV Predator

One guy gets away, but not for long.

Video: UAV Predator Airstrike On 6 Insurgents - Iraq

Posted nine days ago

Salon magazine has an interesting story inside UAV headquarters called "Killing Bubba from the skies."
(Hat tip: Bobibutu at LGF)

Fear Factor: Are Canadian MPs afraid to speak out against radical Islam?

This week, a Canadian blogger obtained talking points that were supposedly sent to some Conservative MPs from Justice Minister Rob Nicholson's office basically not taking a position on a private member's motion to remove the hate speech clause of the Canadian Human Rights Act.

The issue has raised attention after Islamic groups have filed human rights complaints against Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn.

Keith Martin, the MP who introduced the motion is a Liberal. So the complete silence from Conservative MPs on his motion the and alleged evasive government talking points has angered grassroots conservative supporters who feel Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his insiders are more concerned about avoiding a fight with Canada's left wing establishment than standing up for fundamental conservative principles, such as freedom of expression.

However, another theory has emerged from Parliament Hill reporter Deborah Gyapong. Call it the Geert Wilders Effect.

Here's Gyapong's latest post.

Last week when I was on the Hill mingling with some MPs from both the Liberal and the Tory parties, I asked an MP for an opinion on the freedom of speech/ Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn human rights complaints. This particular MP was appalled by it. I asked this individual for a public comment. After a few moments thought, the MP decided not to. Then this person mused--alas, I did not have a notebook or my recorder out so I can't recall the exact words--that some MPs might be afraid to speak out on this issue, afraid their families might be targeted.

This was said in a casual manner, as social chit chat, so it didn't register with me perhaps as much as it should have at the time. But the conversation keeps coming back to me. I haven't been able to get away from a gnawing sense of unease. Is this possibly the case? Are some MPs not speaking out on Parliament Hill out of a sense of intimidation when it comes to any form of criticism of radical Islam?

Video: Apache engages 3 Iraqi insurgents

From November

Photos of woman attacked after filing human rights complaint against Calgary imam

On Friday, I told you that one of the three women who filed a human rights complaint against a Calgary imam was attacked in her home by a male and a burka-clad woman.

The attackers claimed they came from the imam's mosque and this was the "first installment."

Syed Soharwardy, who is the imam at the Al-Madinah mosque, said it was not possible anyone from his mosque would commit such an act. Soharwardy is known nationally in Canada because of his human rights complaint against Ezra Levant.

The Calgary Herald reported the attack victim, Robina Butt, suffered a number of cuts to her hand as well as bumps and bruises. However, Levant has posted photos from a foreign-language newspaper, which he claims are of Butt and they suggest her injuries appear more serious than was reported.

(click on photo to enlarge)

Even though the imam dropped his human rights complaint against Levant this week, Ezra is not letting go and like a pitbull he is countersuing for abuse of process and plans to keep embarrassing Soharwardy on his blog.

He even plans to put up video soon of the mosque meeting which resulted in Butt filing her human rights complaint.

Video: U.S. soldier in Iraq discusses jihad and the media (coarse language)

United States soldiers, we're dicks.
And terrorists they're pussies.
And pussies don't like dicks because dicks fuck the pussies.
And the media? They're assholes.
And assholes don't like dicks either because dicks sometimes fuck assholes.
So if you assholes don't let us do our jobs and fuck these pussies then we're gonna fuckin' put a jihad on you, too.
Thank you.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Ezra Levant's accuser's taqiyya exposed

Licia Corbella has a great column this morning in the Calgary Herald (Didn't she used to work for the Calgary Sun?) in which she exposes how the man who took Ezra Levant before the Alberta Human Rights Commission, Imam Syed Soharwardy, engaged in taquiyya during an appearance before The Herald's editorial board this week.

On bringing sharia law to Canada.

While preparing for the meeting, a quick search on Canwest's library system showed a Jan. 17, 2004, column written by the cleric.

In it, he wrote: "Sharia cannot be customized for specific countries. These universal, divine laws are for all people of all countries for all times."

In the same column he also boasts: "I am one of the founding members of the Islamic Institute of Civil Justice. The mandate of the institute is to resolve disputes within existing Canadian laws by using the principles of conflict resolution from Islamic Law, or sharia."

His column is clear. He wanted to bring sharia to Canada and even helped found the organization that spearheaded the drive to do so.

But in our meeting, Soharwardy denied his own column. "I never asked to bring sharia in Canada," he now insists.

On using tsunami relief efforts to attack Christians.

Some of Soharwardy's most vile words came after the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that killed more than 280,000 people.

While Christians from around the world were emptying their wallets to help the victims of this natural disaster, Muslim leaders were blaming the disaster on immoral Christian tourists in their countries.

Soharwardy seemingly got swept up in the wave of anti-Christian rhetoric and sent out a news release accusing Christians of kidnapping Muslim orphans in Indonesia. Again, he denied his own written words.

"I don't believe that, I just quoted what was in the newspaper and asked where are the wealthy Muslim governments, why are they not helping."

But here's what his Jan. 23, 2005, news release actually said: "ISCC . . . strongly condemns the exploitation of tsunami victims by the Christian missionaries. There have been several reports that the Christian missionaries are kidnapping Muslim children in Indonesia. . . . It is now proven that the Christian missionaries do not help people on humanitarian grounds. They help people in order to exploit their needs and convert them to Christianity."

On the imam's credibility, she writes.

Soharwardy is a charmer. He convinced me that I must have misread his columns. But relistening to the tape of our meeting and rereading his original texts, one thing is clear: he cannot be believed.

Paging the NYT: Al Qaeda defeated in Baghdad

Alsumaria Iraqi Satellite TV Network doing the work the U.S. media doesn't want to do.

Al Maliki: Iraq Al Qaeda chased in Baghdad

Saturday, February 16, 2008 08:56 GMT

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki said that Al Qaeda has been chased in Baghdad, vowing to eradicate the rest of Al Qaeda related groups in Mosul. Al Maliki called on Iraqi security forces to strike instability pursuers in Iraq with an iron first. He urged them as well to stay alert and vigilant.

In other positive developments.

BAGHDAD, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Attacks by insurgents and rival sectarian militias have fallen up to 80 percent in Baghdad and concrete blast walls that divide the capital could soon be removed, a senior Iraqi military official said on Saturday.

Lieutenant-General Abboud Qanbar said the success of a year-long clampdown named "Operation Imposing Law" had reined in the savage violence between majority Shi'ites and minority Sunni Arabs dominant under Saddam Hussein.

"In a time when you could hear nothing but explosions, gunfire and the screams of mothers and fathers and sons, and see bodies that were burned and dismembered, the people of Baghdad were awaiting Operation Imposing Law," Qanbar told reporters.

Qanbar pointed to the number of dead bodies turning up on the capital's streets as an indicator of success.

In the six weeks to the end of 2006, an average of 43 bodies were found dumped in the city each day as fierce sectarian fighting threatened to turn into full-scale civil war.

That figure fell to four a day in 2008, in the period up to Feb. 12, said Qanbar, who heads the Baghdad security operation.

And finally, the video I posted earlier this week of Al Qaeda in Iraq apparently burning prisoners alive received its first MSM coverage on Friday. posted the video and included a translation of what the Al Qaeada operatives were saying as they doused the prisoners in flammable liquid.

"And now that we have captured these scums who committed this dreadful crime, we will burn them with this fire," the Al Qaeda leader says in Arabic. "The same fire which they committed their crime with.

"And I swear by God almighty that, I swear by God almighty that we will have no mercy on them," he continues. "Allahuakbar, Allahuakbar."

The Jawa Report has an unedited version of another recently discovered terrorist video showing a 12-year-old beheading a prisoner. You can see it here. I was unable to watch the whole thing. It's that gruesome.

Canadian MP discusses his motion to change Canada's hate speech law

Liberal MP Keith Martin, the politician who has put forward a motion to eliminate Section 13(1) of the Canadian Human Rights Act, appeared on a Calgary radio station Friday night to discuss his motion.

The audio can be found here.

If you don't have the time to listen to it here are the highlights.

Shortly after Martin introduced his motion, a spokesperson for his party leader told a Canadian news agency that Martin would be asked to withdraw his motion.

However, Martin said in his interview tonight that was because of some initial confusion in Liberal leader Stephane Dion's office about exactly what the motion was about. The CP reporter's angle for her story on Martin's motion was focused on support from the Stormfront neo-Nazi crowd.

"Mr. Dion has not said to (withdraw the motion)," Martin said tonight. "There were some concerns by a couple of people who are in the leaders' office."

"There was some confusion that some people thought this was about hate crimes and I assured them it was not."

"The vast, vast majority of my colleagues have been very supporitve of it in the Liberal party and in other parties, too."

Martin said that MPs want to examine his motion and see if 13(1) is trampling on rights. The issue was brought to his attention shortly after Christmas by a second-year university student in his riding, who wrote him a two-page letter about what was happening. Martin did his own research and became "appalled" from what he discovered.

Martin's motion is 280th on the list of motions in the House of Commons and he said "It's not going to come up any time soon."

Friday, February 15, 2008

Woman who filed complaint against Levant's Muslim imam accuser has been attacked

A woman who has filed a human rights complaint against the Muslim Imam who recently dropped his complaint against Ezra Levant was attacked in her home this week by a man and a woman wearing a burka.


Calgary police are investigating an assault on one of three women who recently launched a human rights complaint against a local Muslim leader.

Police are looking for two people who pushed their way into the Coral Spring Mews N.E. home of Robina Butt about 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Const. Paban Dhaliwal said a man and a woman knocked on the door of Butt's home, and when questioned, identified themselves as members of the press.

When Butt opened the door, the couple forced their way into the home, pushing Butt against the wall a number of times and producing a weapon.

Dhaliwal said the victim did not recognize the intruders.

He said the woman was fully covered in a dark burka and was wearing black gloves. The male suspect is described as of East Indian descent, about 45 years old with a short moustache, five feet nine with a slim build and wearing blue jeans, a light shirt and black jacket.

Butt's husband, Najeeb, said his wife was badly shaken by the attack, suffering a number of cuts to her hand as well as bumps and bruises.

"There were some neighbourhood kids coming home from school who were talking outside. We think the attackers might have thought they were coming to our house, so they ran off," said Najeeb Butt.

Robina Butt and two other Calgary women filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission in late December against Syed Soharwardy, president of the Islamic Supreme Council of Canada.

The complaint alleges they were subjected to abusive language and threats during a Nov. 11 meeting at the Al-Madinah Calgary Islamic Centre, where Soharwardy also serves as imam.

Soharwardy has denied all allegations in the human rights complaint.

Butt said he's convinced Wednesday's attack was not random.

Butt said the male attacker told his wife, "We come from Al-Madinah; if you ever talk anything about Al-Madinah . . . this is the first instalment."

When contacted by the Herald on Thursday evening, Soharwardy said no one from the Al-Madinah Centre would be involved in such a violent incident.

"We are law-abiding people. We had nothing to do with this. I condemn this attack absolutely, and I urge the police to do everything to find the people who were involved in this and bring them to justice."

Mughniyeh and the 9/11 hijackers.

Yesterday, I told you about how Kenneth Timmerman believes dead Hezbollah operative Imad Mughniyeh was the 9/11 commission's unnamed "senior Hezbollah operative" coincidentally travelling with numerous 9/11 hijackers in and out of Iran.

Today in the Jerusalem Post, Caroline Glick also says Mughniyeh was involved with the hijackers.

As Joscelyn recalls, the 9/11 Commission called for further investigation of Iran's role in the September 11, 2001, attacks on America. Adel, a veteran of Hizbullah camps, was intimately aware of the bombing plans before it took place. Ramzi Binalshibh, the plot's mastermind, travelled in and out of Iran several times in the months before the bombings. Then, too, eight to 10 of the September 11 bombers transited Iran assisted by Hizbullah and Revolutionary Guard officials in late 2000. The Iranians did not stamp their passports. Several of the bombers transited Iran en route to Lebanon. Mughniyeh himself flew to Beirut from Teheran aboard the same flight as September 11 hijacker Ahmad al-Ghamdi.

Also in her column, Glick says Mughniyeh may have been killed because western intelligence believed he was involved in plans for attacks on Europe, including The Vatican.

On January 30, French security services raided a Paris apartment and arrested six Arab men. Three of the men - two Lebanese and one Syrian - were travelling on diplomatic passports. According to the Italian Libero newspaper, the six were members of a Hizbullah cell. Documents seized included tourist maps of Paris, London, Madrid, Berlin and Rome marked up with red highlighter to indicate routes, addresses, parking lots and "truck stopping points." The maps pointed to several routes to Vatican back entrances.

. . .

All of the feared terror attacks against French and European targets have the classic earmarkings of Hizbullah operations chief and Iranian Revolutionary Guards officer Imad Mughniyeh. Mughniyeh was the pioneer of embassy bombings and high-profile kidnappings.

Mark Steyn blasts Human Rights Commission supporter

Warren Kinsella is a well known Liberal strategist in Canada (think James Carville but not as clever and less likeable), who is also among the strongest supporters of the Canadian Human Rights Commission's hate speech laws.

When he's not threatening to sue conservative Canadian bloggers or making trumped up allegations of racism, Kinsella writes a column for the conservative editorial pages of the National Post as the token liberal. That was until Saturday when Kinsella announced on his blog that he quit because he did not agree with the paper's editorial position on aboriginal rights.

But before Kinsella realized he was working for months at a paper that he considers borderline racist, he was engaged in a back and forth on the human rights commission issue with Ezra Levant, who also had a column in The Post. It some times got heated according to Levant.

Wasn't I surprised to see now that Kinsella today has attracted the sharp pen of Mark Steyn -- the person Dennis Miller says he would hire to play the part of Hannity if he got to cast Hannity and Colmes The Movie.

I don't know Warren Kinsella. I've met him once, briefly, but enjoyed the encounter. . . Nonetheless, the difference between "Canada's James Carville" and the real thing is that Mr Carville isn't wasting his time hunting down minor clerks in the Department of Parking Lots who've made the mistake of sending him a dissenting e-mail, or raging about the sex life of the "Wicked Witch of the West" (which, as a put-down, is barely any better than "douchebag" or "fuck you, loser"), or issuing hollow legal threats to every blogger who can't keep a straight face when his name comes up, or hectoring G7 governments for not leaping into action on the basis of his men's room coffee-table pictorials.

. . .

If I were Warren, I'd take down the shingle for a couple of months, go chill in the woods or, if he prefers, sing punk songs in a bar. But, if he wants to get back in the good graces of the Liberal Party, this seems an odd way to go about it.

Steyn v. Kinsella. Not a fair fight.

Did Hamas kill Mughniyeh?

There's been much speculation about the Mossad being involved in the assassination of terrorist mastermind Imad Mughniyeh based largely on how the car bomb attack is similar to previous Mossad operations.

Now there are a couple of holes in that theory.

On Friday what surfaced are reports that Palestinians are being held in connection with the police investigation into the targeted hit and that the car bomb was not similar to previous Mossad operations where a magnet is placed underneath a vehicle.

The source said the investigation by Syria, Iran and Hezbollah showed that Mughniyah was killed by a car bomb parked close to his car. It was detonated remotely as he walked past after leaving a building he had been visiting.

Early reports said the bomb had been placed inside Mughniyah's car.

The suspects arrested in connection to the killing have been mostly Palestinians residing in Syria, the Lebanese source said.

So why would Hamas want Mughniyeh dead?

At the American Thinker, Rick Moran puts forward some theories:

The prime suspect is still Israel's Mossaad whose expertise is unquestioned. But the fact that a car bomb was used to kill Mughniyeh may indicate other hands involved, including the Palestinians who have no great love for Hezb'allah and who have been hired out by the Syrians to detonate car bombs in Lebanon to kill anti-Syrian Lebanese in the past.

This time, they may have been operating for themselves - or still other unknown actors including a Hezb'allah faction who wanted to get rid of Mughniyeh for their own reasons.

Also read about Mughniyeh's connection to Iraqi insurgents.

Al Qaeda in Iraq reorganizes, U.S. media ignores surge

MEMRI reports that 500 Al-Qaeda gunmen were now returning to Diyala province and AFP reports Friday saw a twin suicide bombing.

MOSUL, Iraq - A double attack on Friday by two suicide bombers outside a crowded Shia mosque in the northwestern Iraqi town of Tal Afar killed at least four people and wounded 17, police said.

Tal Afar police chief Brigadier General Ibrahim Al Juburi said security forces shot both bombers but that the men still managed to detonate their suicide vests.

The attacks came during Friday prayers when the Shaikh Jawad Al Sadiq mosque was crowded with worshippers.

Tal Afar is near the Syrian border in the northern province of Nineveh, one of the provinces where Iraqi and US commanders says Al Qaeda in Iraq has regrouped after being chased out of Baghdad and surrounding belts.

Reuters notes.

Attacks are down nationwide by 60 percent since June, thanks to a surge of 30,000 extra U.S. troops, a decision by Sunni tribal sheikhs to turn against al Qaeda, and a ceasefire by Moqtada al-Sadr's Shi'ite militia.

But the country's north remains a massive security headache and stronghold of al Qaeda, who regrouped there after being ousted from strongholds in western Anbar province and from around Baghdad last year.

Meanwhile, NewsBusters has the latest on the lack of U.S. media interest in the first anniverary of the surge.

Friday Recommended Reading

Today, I'll be blogging about the latest from Iraq, the Imad Mughniya assassination and Canada's thought police.

In the interim, enjoy these very interesting stories from around the world.

> Devout Sikh motorcyclist in court to fight 'discriminatory' helmet law

> Michelle Malkin sings!

> Keith Olbermann loses it ... again.

> Michael Reagan says Ronald Reagan would support McCain.

> Hamas bombs the YMCA.

> Suicide Bomber DVD for children discovered in Britain

> Six sharia convicts await stoning death in Nigeria

Liberal MP says support to end thought crimes "huge"

The latest on the Canadian thought police law.

A couple of weeks ago, Liberal MP Keith Martin (a former member of a conservative party, who made an opportunistic move four years ago to hop aboard the Paul Martin -- aka Canada's Gordon Brown -- Liberal juggernaut that never was ... but that's another story) announced he planned to introduce a private member's motion to restrict the powers of Canada's Human Right Act's Section 13, which deals with hate speech and has been used against Ezra Levant and Mark Steyn.

The announcement created some enthusiasm, but that quickly evaporated after a Canadian Press story reported that Martin's boss (Liberal Leader Stephane Dion -- think Al Gore without a personality) would ask him to withdraw the motion.

Well tonight, Ezra Levant is linking to a blog by Deborah Gyapong, who is also a Press Gallery reporter -- one of the few of a conservative persuasion.

Gyapong spoke to Keith Martin this week and she reports the following:

I interviewed Keith Martin again today. He said support within the Liberal caucus for his motion is "huge."

Stephane Dion has not talked to him about it, or asked him to withdraw it. Only a couple of Liberal members raised concerns, but no one has asked him to remove the motion.

"There is enormous support within caucus and across party lines," he said.

Ezra says Gyapong's scoop is important because it contradicts the spin coming from the motion's opponents and the CP story.

Levant focuses on the line in the CP story that said Dion's office suggested it would withdraw support from the motion and found it strange and even questioned its accuracy because it wasn't in quotes.

Well, Ezra, not everything has to be in quotes. If everything had to be in quotes news stories would just be transcripts and that would bite.

And, given everything else from Dion's spokesman that was in quotes, what was not in quotes doesn't really contradict the general impression she sent out -- Dion doesn't want to amend the Human Rights Act.

Now let's look at what Martin told Gyapong.

1.) "He said support within his caucus for the motion was huge."
Well that doesn't matter if Dion and the leadership don't sign on.

2.) "Stephane Dion has not talked to him about it, or asked him to withdraw it."
Yet! My understanding is Martin's motion doesn't come to the floor until some time after the Mayan calendar expires. So why would Dion rock the boat with an MP who is likely to lose his largely military riding in the next election with Capt. anti-war in charge of the the Good Ship Liberal?

3.) "There is enormous support within caucus and across party lines," he said..
I think this may be stretching the truth. Who in the socialist Bloc Quebecois is going to back this motion? Why has the NDP allowed MP Wayne Marston to not only go on record against Martin's motion but to ask questions of Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney in question period?

So here's what we have.

There are four parties in Parliament.

I'm writing the Bloc off as a lost cause.

The NDP is trying to paint the government in the corner on an opposition private member's bill. That's somethng I've never seen before and it doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement of Martin's motion which he says is supported across party lines.

The Liberal leader's spokesperson has said they do not want to touch the law. Even though the suggestion that Martin withdraw the motion is not in quotes, it doesn't change the fact they don't want to do what Martin's motion asks them to do to the law.

And finally, the government has ordered its MPs not to take a position on Martin's motion and when Kenney was asked about it in question period he never said he supported the motion and just spoke some Obamamese vagueness about free speech.

Again, Ezra, it does not look good, no matter what Keith Martin says he's been told privately.

Also, I, and a lot of your supporters, would prefer if you would not spin on television, like you did today, for a government that won't stand up for free speech. Just sayin'.

Excerpt: A real-life James Bond sheds light on the death of Imad Mugniyeh

From The National Post

Last year, Michael Ross and I wrote a book called "The Volunteer: A Canadian's Secret Life in the Mossad." It told Michael's story — that of a Canadian backpacker from Victoria, B.C., who wound up in the Israeli Mossad and had a number of interesting missions. One of his successful missions — described in Chapter 9 — involved placing a bomb under the car of a Hezbollah agent, who later was blown up by remote control. It was a mission with very close and obvious parallels with the death of Imad Mughniyeh, a top Hezbollah leader and known terrorist killed by a car bomb this week. — Jonathan Kay

Read the whole thing. Well worth it.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

"We don't know why they're rioting. I think it's because they're bored."

Wake up and smell the Jihad. It's the Danish Intifada: Night 5

Six youths were arrested in Copenhagen for setting cars and dumpsters ablaze and throwing stones at police in a fifth night of riots in a predominantly immigrant area of the Danish capital.

"We've had six arrests so far. They've been charged with throwing stones at police and setting fires to cars and waste containers," Chief Inspector Henrik Olesen of the Copenhagen police said.

At least 11 cars were torched in various neighbourhoods of Copenhagen, and 10 others in the nearby town of Kokkedal.

On Thursday, 17 youths were arrested for rioting the previous night.

"We don't know why they're rioting. I think it's because they're bored. Some people say it's because of the cartoons but that's not my opinion," Olesen said.

He was referring to the reprinting of a controversial cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed in 17 Danish newspapers on Wednesday.

The drawing, published in Denmark for the first time in 2005, sparked several months of angry protests in the Muslim world in 2006. It depicted the prophet with a turban resembling a bomb with a lit fuse.

Protests have flared up again in several Muslim countries including Kuwait and Pakistan following the reprinting. The Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas also condemned the publication.

Maybe Hamas didn't like the cartoons because they didn't eat Jews.

Pastorious has more, including a handy Google Map showing how the violence is spreading.

"You said you would slaughter him like a lamb. Do you mean that?"

"Yes. Yes."

At about the 1:45 minute mark of this clip you will discover that in Europe if you make death threats to cartoonists you get a small fine and the ability to continue to make death threats on CNN.

U.S. military: Al Qaeda in Iraq seeks female patients as bombers

CNN has more information on the investigation into the suicide bombing attack in Baghdad involving two women who had Down syndrome. The military believes there is a mole on staff at two psychiatric hospitals working for Al-Qaeda.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Al Qaeda in Iraq is recruiting female patients at Baghdad's two psychiatric hospitals for suicide missions -- with the help of hospital staff -- according to the U.S. military.

The U.S. military believes al Qaeda in Iraq has operatives within the hospitals' staffs who are passing on patients' files and contact information to the militant group, a senior U.S. military official said, requesting anonymity.

The apparent recruiting effort came to light this month when Iraqi officials said that two female bombers in deadly pet market attacks in Baghdad that left nearly 100 dead were mentally challenged.

One of the female bombers had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression at Baghdad's Ibn Rushd psychiatric hospital, where she received electric shock treatments, the hospital's director said in an exclusive interview.

As part of the investigation into the February 1 attack, U.S. and Iraqi forces detained the acting director of Baghdad's main psychiatric facility, Rashad Hospital, on Sunday.

He faces questions about whether he provided patient files and contact information to al Qaeda in Iraq, a U.S. military spokesman, Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, said Wednesday.

The U.S. military is looking into whether there is a direct link between the two hospitals, which are treating an overabundance of Iraqis suffering from psychiatric disorders brought on by the war.

A U.S. military official said information from a source led them to Rashad Hospital's acting director. The U.S. military also said it believes that al Qaeda in Iraq is trying to use other women released from Rashad Hospital to carry out future suicide bombings.

The detained hospital chief took over the position after Rashad's director was fatally gunned down in December reportedly for refusing to cooperate with al Qaeda in Iraq.

Al Qaeda in Iraq urges attacks on Israel


In an audiocassette posted February 14 on Islamist websites, Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi, Emir of the Islamic State of Iraq, which is affiliated with Al-Qaeda, offers his views on "winning the struggle against the Jews."

In the cassette, Al-Baghdadi said, "Israel is a malignant germ in the body of the [Islamic] ummah that must be removed," and added that the obligation to liberate Al-Aqsa Mosque applied to all Muslims.

Al-Baghdadi accused Hamas of treason for entering the political process, and said that it had abandoned jihad fighters worldwide. He called on the Palestinians to adopt the path of jihad without distinguishing between Jews and infidels, and Palestinians who betray Islam; to establish a Salafi organization "that will educate the Children of the Stones for the supreme goals of jihad"; and to destroy the Shi'a that had begun to spread in Palestine in the guise of "resistance."

Al-Baghdadi further called on all Muslims to open new jihad fronts in order to ease the Jewish and U.S. pressure on the Palestinians and to strengthen the existing jihad fronts, particularly in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He also offered help to the Palestinians in the form of funds and training, including in preparing bombs and manufacturing rockets.

Hezbollah to seek revenge on Israel overseas

Now that Hezbollah has declared "open war" against Israel believing that the Mossad was behind the assassination of deputy commander Imad Mughniyah, defence sources tell WorldNetDaily that they don't expect the attacks to come in Israel.

Defense sources speaking to WND said it was estimated Hezbollah would try to target Israel overseas instead of engaging in border clashes with the Jewish state. They said Hezbollah has active cells in Europe, Africa and Asia capable of attacking Jewish or Israeli targets. To that effect, Israel's Defense and Foreign ministries placed all Israeli embassies worldwide on high alert for possible terrorist attacks.

Video: How Al Qaeda deals with its prisoners

Yesterday, I posted a video from MEMRI that shows what is said to be Al Qaeda in Iraq burning alive three prisoners.

The video, which is a month old, is now making its way around the counterjihad blogosphere.

A sharp commenter at The Jawa Report found the source of that short video, which is a 15-minute Arabic video that appears to be from an anti-Al Qaeda group.

This longer video has more Al-Qaeda atrocities, including an execution of two prisoners in a parking lot, the beheading of a prisoner and a child beheading another prisoner.

While the U.S. Senate votes to ban waterboarding, it's important to keep in mind what the Western world is up against.


Danish Cartoon Outrage 2.0

Here's the latest on the international outrage to the decision in Denmark to reprint the Danish Mohammed cartoons.

Anger and car torching in Denmark.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Bands of youths set fire to cars and trash bins overnight in a fourth consecutive night of vandalism mostly in immigrant neighborhoods of the Danish capital, police said.

Seventeen people were arrested, Copenhagen Police spokesman Flemming Steen Munch said, adding police were not sure what sparked the violence.

Some observers said immigrant youths were protesting against perceived police harassment and suggested the reprinting of a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in Danish newspapers Wednesday, may have aggravated the situation.

"They feel provocations and discrimination by the police that stop then now and then to check them," Copenhagen social worker Khalid Al-Subeihi said. "It doesn't make it easier when the cartoons come back again."

The youths set dozens of fires in several districts of Copenhagen, torching cars and trash bins and in some cases hurling rocks at police.

And flag burning in Pakistan.

KARACHI (Thomson Financial) - Protesters burned a Danish flag in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi today in a show of anger over the reprinting of a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed, witnesses said.

Around 50 members of a hardline Islamic student group took to the streets after several Danish newspapers published the drawing that caused bloody riots in the Muslim world two years ago.

Seventeen Danish dailies printed the drawing on Wednesday, vowing to defend freedom of expression a day after police in Denmark foiled a plot to murder the cartoonist.

"We will not shy from sacrificing our lives to protect the sanctity of our Prophet," a participant in the rally in the port city, who did not give his name, told AFP.

No deaths to report . . . yet.

The CBC shows its solidarity with Danish cartoonists

Maybe they didn't get Michelle Malkin's memo.

From Ezra Levant.

CBC's The National finally did a news item on the human rights complaint. It was a good enough news report, though I couldn't help but wonder if the CBC would have waited so long to do a story, and given it such perfunctory coverage, if it had been one of their own producers who had been summoned before a government investigator. But it was fair enough, and the quote from Alan Borovoy of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association was excellent.

What stuck in my mind, though, and still makes me shake my head, is that the CBC "pixellated" an image of one of the cartoons when they flashed a shot of a Danish newspaper. In a story about freedom of speech -- pegged not just to my own human rights interrogation, but to death threats against a Danish cartoonist -- the CBC opted for self-censorship.

Imad Mugniyah, Iran and 9/11

From the 9/11 Commission's report.

Assistance from Hezbollah and Iran to al Qaeda

As we mentioned in chapter 2, while in Sudan, senior managers in al Qaeda maintained contacts with Iran and the Iranian-supported worldwide terrorist organization Hezbollah, which is based mainly in southern Lebanon and Beirut. Al Qaeda members received advice and training from Hezbollah.

. . .

Our knowledge of the international travels of the al Qaeda operatives selected for the 9/11 operation remains fragmentary. But we now have evidence suggesting that 8 to 10 of the 14 Saudi "muscle" operatives traveled into or out of Iran between October 2000 and February 2001.121

In October 2000, a senior operative of Hezbollah visited Saudi Arabia to coordinate activities there. He also planned to assist individuals in Saudi Arabia in traveling to Iran during November. A top Hezbollah commander and Saudi Hezbollah contacts were involved.122

Also in October 2000, two future muscle hijackers, Mohand al Shehri and Hamza al Ghamdi, flew from Iran to Kuwait. In November, Ahmed al Ghamdi apparently flew to Beirut, traveling-perhaps by coincidence-on the same flight as a senior Hezbollah operative. Also in November, Salem al Hazmi apparently flew from Saudi Arabia to Beirut.123

In mid-November, we believe, three of the future muscle hijackers, Wail al Shehri, Waleed al Shehri, and Ahmed al Nami, all of whom had obtained their U.S. visas in late October, traveled in a group from Saudi Arabia to Beirut and then onward to Iran. An associate of a senior Hezbollah operative was on the same flight that took the future hijackers to Iran. Hezbollah officials in Beirut and Iran were expecting the arrival of a group during the same time period. The travel of this group was important enough to merit the attention of senior figures in Hezbollah.124

Later in November, two future muscle hijackers, Satam al Suqami and Majed Moqed, flew into Iran from Bahrain. In February 2001, Khalid al Mihdhar may have taken a flight from Syria to Iran, and then traveled further within Iran to a point near the Afghan border.125

KSM and Binalshibh have confirmed that several of the 9/11 hijackers (at least eight, according to Binalshibh) transited Iran on their way to or from Afghanistan, taking advantage of the Iranian practice of not stamping Saudi passports. They deny any other reason for the hijackers' travel to Iran. They also deny any relationship between the hijackers and Hezbollah.126

So who is this "senior Hezbollah operative" who was coincidentally travelling with numerous 9/11 hijackers in and out of Iran?

In an interview with FrontPage Magazine, Kenneth Timmerman says it's recently killed terrorist Imad Mugniyah.

I saw a report just yesterday suggesting that the Rev. Guards lured Mugniyeh into a trap into Damascus, to make sure that he never revealed the extent of his involvement with al Qaeda in the 9//11 plot. This was a secret the Iranians would have liked to ensure that Mugniyeh carried to his grave.

I’ve got news for them, though: the word is out. Just take a look at pages 240-241 of the 9/11 commission report, which describes in elusive terms the travel of eight to ten of the “muscle” hijackers in and out of Iran in the company of a “senior Hezbollah operative.” That operative was none other than Imad Mugniyeh.

FP: In other words, you are saying that Mugniyeh was involved with the 9/11 terror attack and so was Iran ˆ and the Iranians might have very well killed him so that the full extent of their own involvement would not become known.

Timmerman: There is absolutely no doubt that Mugniyeh and his masters in Iran were directly and materially involved in the 9/11 plot.

Mossad behind assassination of Hezbollah terrorist: experts

The mysterious car bomb that killed Hezbollah's Imad Mugniyah in Damascus Tuesday looks like a Mossad operation, according to terrorism and intelligence experts.

Former CIA official Bruce Riedel told Ynetnews all signs seem to indicate the Mossad was behind the killing.

Riedel, who spent over 30 years with the CIA before serving as a senior advisor on South Asian and Middle East affairs under three US presidents, said Israel has already carried out similar operations in Syria.

Currently a senior fellow with the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institute, he says Mugniyah's assassination proves Israel has successfully infiltrated Hizbullah and that even Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah knows he may also be in the crosshairs.

As Bill Roggio notes, the similar operation in Syria was another hit credited to the Mossad in 2004 that took out Hamas terrorist Izz El-Deen Sheikh Khalil.

Because of this link to Israel, some Israeli columnists are expecting Hezbollah to seek revenge.

It is reasonable to assume that Iran’s and Hizbullah’s top priority at this time, in the wake of the assassination, would be the desire to restore their deterrent power through international terror attacks. It is also reasonable to assume that they will attempt to do this through large-scale grandiose attacks against Israeli, Jewish, and American institutions and interests. It won’t happen immediately, as Iranian-Hizbullah terror networks have been dormant in recent years. It will take some time to bring them back into action and lull possible targets.

However, we can assume with near certainty that Hizbullah will settle the score – even if only to boost the confidence of its activists in Lebanon, Syria, and elsewhere in the world. This confidence will likely be undermined in the wake of the assassination of such a senior, compartmentalized, and heavily secured figure.

As we don’t know when the act of revenge will take place, the Israeli government and US Administration must boost security arrangements at all official and economic missions identified with them in the next few days. The intelligence coverage should also be enhanced. Israelis abroad, and particularly backpackers and businesspeople in South America and Africa, must be aware of the possibility that they may become a target for attack or abduction.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Long before Osama bin Laden, there was Imad Mughniyah

The Washington Post has a good article on the death of Imad Mughniyah, who was considered a pioneer in Islamic terrorism.

"Long before Osama bin Laden, there was Imad Mughniyah," said Bilal Saab, a Hezbollah expert at the Brookings Institution's Saban Center. "He introduced catastrophic suicide terrorism and many other tactics now used widely by many groups throughout the region."

The United States issued a sealed indictment against Mughniyah in 1985 -- three years before bin Laden formed al-Qaeda.

With Marines planning to mark this year's 25th anniversary of the barracks attack, the Marine commander at the time, Col. Tim Geraghty, reflected yesterday on Mughniyah's death in Syria. "It's very fitting that it was a car bomb. It was long overdue," he said from his home in Phoenix. "The fact that he was still active with a $5 million bounty on his head showed his genius for maintaining and running terrorism operations all this time."

Mughniyah died in a car bombing in Damascus on Tuesday, but New York Times reports who targeted him is still a mystery.

On Wednesday, Syrian and Iranian officials sought to blame Israel for the strike on Mr. Mugniyah, but Israel denied any involvement.

A State Department spokesman said he did not know who was responsible for his death.

The Israeli press, however, is writing under the assumption that the Mossad was the one behind the killing.

A nasty surprise awaited Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, who was scheduled to arrive in Damascus on Wednesday to discuss the Lebanese crisis with Bashar Assad. Syria, the Iranian minister found out, is no longer a secure state, its intelligence is penetrable, and Iran's emissaries and friends - whether the leaders of Islamic Jihad or Hamas - are now, with Imad Mughniyah's assassination, in the first line of fire. Mottaki could have surmised that in Damascus, he too could be an easy target.

If Mottaki got a surprise, Assad was hit with the full blow that under his own nose, and not in fragmented Lebanon "full of traitors," as Hezbollah says, such a complex operation could have been cooked up and carried out.

But certainly the greatest shake-up will be felt by Hezbollah, whose intelligence structure, security capabilities, and assault architecture were built by Mughniyah himself.

This, therefore, is a strategic assassination, because of its potential repercussions beyond the removal of Hezbollah's supreme planner and operative.

Ann Coulter and Dennis Miller: Quotes of the Day

Ann Coulter on John McCain and water boarding.

McCain is hysterical about pouring water down terrorists' noses and campaigns to shut down Guantanamo.

He demands that no terrorist interrogation be "degrading" -- perhaps recalling how not degrading it was for people in the upper floors of the Twin Towers to have to leap to their deaths rather than be burned alive on Sept. 11.

Dennis Miller on Mark Steyn:

"America Alone should be the western world's Koran."

Video: Al Qaeda in Iraq burns prisoners alive

And you thought water boarding was bad.


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Climate change suspected in Loch Ness monster's death

You can't make this up. A man who has been hunting the Loch Ness monster for decades has given up and is blaming global warming.
(Hat tip Mark Steyn)

Despite having hundreds of sonar contacts over the years, the trail has since gone cold and Rines believes that Nessie may be dead, a victim of global warming.

Limbaugh endorses Obama

. . . Because He Is Anything You Want Him to Be

Therefore, I would like today to announce a tentative decision, I'm stilling thinking about it, to endorse Barack Obama, since everybody is asking who am I going to endorse, and here's why. Barack Obama is pro-life. Barack Obama is a Constitutionalist. Barack Obama believes in limited government. Barack Obama is in favor of health care savings plans. Barack Obama loves free markets and wants to protect them. Barack Obama is strong on national defense. Barack Obama is a tax cutter extraordinaire. Barack Obama makes my leg tingle when I hear him speak. Barack Obama will end the designated hitter rule. Barack Obama will establish a college football playoff once and for all so we will genuinely have a champion. Barack Obama will get to the bottom of Spygate. Barack Obama will offer free beer Fridays. Whatever you want Obama to be, folks, he's a blank slate, he's an empty canvas, and this is the nature of his appeal. Whatever people fantasize about, whatever they want, they are confident Obama supports it, too.

Can we negotiate with the Taliban?

Yes, according to Ali A Jalali, the former interior minister in Afghan President's Hamid Karzai government.

What is the difference between the Taliban and Al Qaeda?

Only 20 percent of insurgents who form the core of Taliban are fighting the ideological war. The rest are aggrieved tribes who have been mistreated by some government officials or drug trafficker or some foreign intelligence operators or by the transnational Al Qaeda terrorists. It also consists of unemployed youth and criminal groups. All these are alliance of convenience. They are fighting for different reasons.

Al Qaeda is a transnational organisation. They are not even interested in Afghanistan or Pakistan. They are waging a global war. Taliban is in Afghanistan and Pakistan and Al Qaeda is also based in the tribal areas of Pakistan. There are elements in the Taliban that are not ideologically motivated. They are not that dangerous. There are ways to bring them back. They can be motivated to return. Those who will not settle for less than overthrowing of the regime, I don't think there will be any way for them to reconcile.

Danish Cartoon update

Here are some links updating the latest developments in the Danish cartoon controversy.

Mark Steyn and Charles Johnson both hail the move by the Danish papers to reprint the Mohammed cartoons as a sign of solidarity.

Steyn observes:

Good for them. The minute it became clear that violence and intimidation were the response the western press should have said: Okay, you want to kill one of us, you'll have to kill us all. The Danes have now taken an important stand against Islamic encroachments on freedom of expression.

In Canada, by contrast, the state hauled the only publisher of the cartoons, my old boss Ezra Levant, into one of its thought-crime courts at the behest of a raving incoherent imam. And all the jelly-spined squish of a Minister of Justice has done is issue lamely evasive talking points. Nonetheless, the imam has now folded, and is calling (insofar as I can follow him) for the matter to be settled according to Gene Autry's Cowboy Code or some Islamic understanding thereof. Ezra is going on the offensive.

On a darker note, an American Muslim blogger has this not so nice warning to one of the cartoonists.

Keep fearing for your life you white trash.

Anyone who wages war against Allah and His Messenger defiantly and arrogantly, will inevitably face the banner of Laa Ilaaha Illallaah: they will face those who will show them no mercy. “Humble with the believers, harsh against the Disbelievers.”

We wish we were able to express our extreme anger… and Walahi, our blood is boiling and our veins are shaking and our muscles are tightening…

All we can say to the cartoonists is: you fools seem to forget the end of Theo Van Gogh (may Allah’s curse be upon him) and forget to realize that even many of the Danish citizens who are Muslims will not tolerate it because they know the story of Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf and what the Companions of Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu ‘alayhi wassallam) did to him and they know that their Religion allows such a thing.

(Hat Tip: Jawa Report)