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Video of McCain Talking About Israel

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

McCain sounds like he will be the best president for Israel and American security. 

 

Video from DemoCast.TV DemoCast.TV’s youtube page

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Striking Terrorists

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

Striking Terrorists: “

Some breaking news from the palestinian Ma’an News Agency:

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I don’t quite understand. How do ‘National and Islamic Forces’ (i.e. terrorists) declare a strike? Since their day job is trying to kill Israelis, wouldn’t a strike mean desisting from this? In other words, a ceasefire (or lull)?

Unless what they mean by strike is a rocket strike on Israel.

Yes, that makes more sense.

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US support for Egypt hints at shift on Hamas

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

I really hope the FT is wrong. It looks like the US foreign policy is going in the wrong direction again. Nothing is gained through negotiating with terrorist. With all the pressure from the US, Hamas still fired 4 rockets on to civilian targets in Israel. Thank G-d no one was hurt. Terrorist need to be killed not empowered

US support for Egypt hints at shift on Hamas: “The White House’s statement that it hopes Cairo could convince Hamas to cease attacks on Israel is an apparent change in Washington’s policy on isolating the Islamist group”

In a White House briefing, Dana Perino, spokeswoman for George W. Bush, said she hoped Hamas would stop rocket attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip after contacts between Cairo and the Palestinian group.

Asked whether the US wanted Egypt to act as an intermediary in indirect negotiations between Israel and Hamas, Ms Perino said: “The president wants their participation and their co-operation … And I think you saw last week after secretary [of state Condoleezza] Rice’s trip, both to Egypt and to the Palestinian territories in Israel [sic], that they tried to reach out and are trying to do a little bit more with Hamas.

She added: “We’ve seen a decrease in the amount of rockets that are coming across from Gaza into Israel – and the way that Gaza can stop Israel from retaliating is to stop attacking them in the first place.”

US officials have been increasingly concerned that an escalation of violence in Gaza could spiral out of control and deal a devastating blow to the faltering Israeli-Palestinian peace process launched last year at the Annapolis conference hosted by the US administration.

The US has consistently ruled out any suggestion that it might endorse indirect talks between Israel and Hamas. Israeli officials have also insisted in recent days that there are no direct or indirect talks with Hamas. At the same time, they have welcomed Egypt’s diplomatic initiative.

Violence has decreased sharply since last week but the lull was disrupted on Wednesday when Israeli security forces killed four Palestinians in Bethlehem. The Israeli army said the four men were “terrorists”.

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Islamic blogger explains how Islam will dominate America

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

I found this great post and I want to share it with my readers.

Islamic blogger explains how Islam will dominate America: “

I came across this post tonight by an Islamic blogger who, today, tried his best to explain how Islam will dominate the world. If there’s any doubt about what Islam’s plan for the world is, then start here.

First he explains why the West won’t embrace Islam:

Why would the disbelievers and hypocrites hate for Islam to be implemented? Simply because they do not wish for their corruption, evil, crime, cheating, oppression, dishonesty, fraud, lies, tyranny, freedom, and deception to come to an end, and for justice (Islam) to prevail.

Did you catch that? Yes he said the West does not want FREEDOM TO COME TO AN END. There is no freedom in Islam. What a wonderful and desirable religion.

He then explains the 3 ways that Islam can dominate the world:

Therefore there are three main ways in which a state or country can become Daar ul-Islam (the domain of Islam):

  1. The majority of its citizens embrace Islam and implement the Sharee’ah on their own accord
  2. A group of Muslims rise, overthrow the government and implement the Sharee’ah by force (coup)
  3. The Islamic state carries out Jihad as its foreign policy and removes the government

‘Rule by what Allah has revealed (the Qur’aan and Sunnah) and do not follow their vain desires, but be aware of them lest they turn you far away from some of that which Allah has sent down to you…’ (EMQ al-Maa-idah, 5: 49)

If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizyah (tax). If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah’s help and fight them…’ (Saheeh Muslim #1731)

He then concludes with explaining how Islam will eventually dominate America and Britain.

So how will Islam dominate the world? Most likely by force! If the people do not embrace Islam and implement the Sharee’ah on their own accord, it becomes an obligation upon the Muslims to fight and implement Islam. In countries such as Britain and America, their people have clearly rejected to embrace Islam and will never choose to live by the Sharee’ah.

Therefore, the only two ways in which these countries can become under the domain of Islam is by the last two options, a group of Muslims rise and overthrow the government, or an Islamic state is established elsewhere and comes to conquer these nations.

Is there any doubt of the threat we face? Or is this just some random radical who misrepresents Islam?

 


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ISRAELI COVER-UP: Yeshiva Massacre Planner WAS FATAH not Islamic Jihad

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

Yid with a lid reports how some suicidal forces in Israel are trying to mislead the public so they can give more land, weapons and power to terrorists that kill innocent jews and want to kill us all.

ISRAELI COVER-UP: Yeshiva Massacre Planner WAS FATAH not Islamic Jihad: “Throughout the Israeli Media the headlines read ‘Islamic Jihad Leader who planned Yeshiva Massacre Killed in gun battle with IDF’. Great story, the only problem is that its about as real as Barak Obama’s support of Israel. According to Aaron Klein of WND (who has better contacts with the ‘terrorist on the street’ than any outsider), the bastard the IDF killed today DID plan the massacre, but didn’t work for Islamic Jihad, he was one of President Abbas’ Fatah boys. That’s right the moderate Palestinian Peace partner is responsible for the death of those young boys. And now much of the Israeli media is complacent in covering up another of Abbas’ attacks and giving the Israeli public the false impression that Abbas has any interest in making peace.

Israeli media whitewashing ‘peace partner?’
Refuse to label planner of Jerusalem shooting massacre as Fatah activist

By Aaron Klein

JAFFA – The Israeli media today portrayed the assassinated planner of last week’s Jerusalem shooting massacre as a member of the Islamic Jihad terror group even though he is a well-known activist from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah organization, WND has learned.

The U.S. considers Fatah to be moderate. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s government has been holding regular negotiations with Abbas’ officials in line with last November’s U.S.-backed Annapolis Summit, which seeks to create a Fatah-led Palestinian state by the end of the year.

The Israel Defense Forces today killed Muhammad Shehadi, who has been identified by security officials here as the planner of last week’s terrorist shooting in which eight yeshiva students were murdered.

Yediot Aharonot (YNet), Israel’s leading daily, identified Shehadi as ‘an Islamic Jihad operative,’ who planned last week’s shooting. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported Shehadi was ‘the commander of Islamic Jihad in the Bethlehem area,’ and was killed along with ‘two other Islamic Jihad members.’ Israel’s Channel 2 identified Shehadi as Islamic Jihad.

None of the Israeli media reports described Shehadi as working for Fatah.

While Shehadi temporarily worked for Islamic Jihad, Shehadi is a well-known Fatah activist who ran unsuccessfully in the 2006 Palestinian elections as a local Fatah legislator from Bethlehem.

According to senior security officials speaking to WND, Shehadi was killed today after the Israeli military received intelligence he was scheduled to attend a secret Fatah congress planning meeting in Bethlehem. Shehadi was killed along with Ahmed Dalbul, a Bethlehem-area leader of the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah’s declared military wing. Dalbul, accused by the IDF of planning recent terror attacks, had been granted amnesty by Olmert last June.

Shehadi’s Bethlehem area home was bulldozed by Israel last week, and he had been in hiding since.

Hours after last week’s Jerusalem shooting, WND exclusively identified Shehadi as the planner of the attack.

According to Palestinian security officials familiar with Shehadi, after losing the 2006 election as a Fatah leader, Shehadi worked for about six months for the Islamic Jihad terror group but then switched back to Fatah.

A senior Palestinian security official speaking to WND today said Shehadi continued to work with Islamic Jihad sporadically but he was more identified with Fatah.

‘He was Fatah,’ said the security official. ‘In the last few weeks, he was working only with Fatah. Islamic Jihad might consider him among their men in Bethlehem, but it’s absolutely wrong for Haaretz to label him as the Islamic Jihad commander.’

‘He would go wherever the money was,’ said the Palestinian security official. ‘He thought he could get more money from Islamic Jihad, so he worked for them for a few months but then switched back to Fatah because he didn’t like his Islamic Jihad salary.’

Israeli security sources said Shehadi previously assisted in terrorist attacks carried out from the Bethlehem area by the Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades.

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4 more rockets fall on Israel: Why Israel should not talk peace with Terrorist

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

Hamas and Fatah do not want peace. They just want to push all the Jews to the sea. Israel needs to destroy the terrorist that threaten the future existence with the country. The “cease fire” didn’t even last a day.

Terrorists Break ‘Calm’, Fire 4 Rockets on Negev: “”

(IsraelNN.com) Muslim terrorists shortly after midnight Wednesday broke a two-day lull in attacks on Israel and fired four rockets on the western Negev, injuring none but causing damage. One of the rockets exploded next to a Sderot school, and one other landed within Gaza. One person was treated for emotional suffering as the rockets broke the early morning quiet in Sderot, which has been under attack for more than seven years.

Islamic Jihad terrorists took responsibility for the rocket firings, but analysts have noted that Hamas is purposely not staging attacks in order to create an impression that it is not to blame for pushing Israel into retaliation. However, the IDF so far has not responded to the post-midnight rocket firings nor has it responded to the Grad missile attack on Ashkelon on Tuesday.

Islamic Jihad spokesmen said the rocket attacks were in retaliation for Israel counterterrorist operations in Judea and Samaria. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Wednesday offered a truce with Israel on the basis of a halt in all IDF operations in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.

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The FBI is STILL Living in a 9/10 World

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

I found this post at Yid with Lid.

The FBI is STILL Living in a 9/10 World: “

The first time I noticed it was July 4th 1991 in LAX at the El Al Ticket booth. Hesham Mohamed Hadayet, 41, an Egyptian-born resident of suburban Irvine opened fire at approximately 11:30 a.m., killing bystander Yaakov Aminov, 46, and El Al ticket agent Victoria Hen, 25. Hadayet then reportedly pulled out a handgun and began spraying the area, firing up to 10 shots before El Al security guards overcame and shot him. The shooting came after weeks of FBI warnings to be on the look out for a Al-Qaida terrorist attack on July 4th. The FBI Still insists that July 4th attack had nothing to do with terrorism.

Since that Independence Day there have been at least a half dozen other terrorist attacks that the FBI denied were terrorist attacks. They are living in a pre 9/11 world.

Inverse False Alarms

Law enforcement’s premature dismissal of terrorism as a motivating factor is puzzling–and harmful.

by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross & Kyle Dabruzzi

THE FBI’S NATIONAL SPOKESMAN was already prepared to dismiss a connection to terrorism the day after ricin was found in a Las Vegas hotel room. Special Agent Richard Kolko told the press on Feb. 29 that the presence of ricin appeared unrelated to terrorism ‘based on the information gathered so far.’ He made this announcement before any details about the incident hit the press–and when they did, it made the announcement seem premature, to say the least.

The following day, Las Vegas police revealed that they had discovered ‘general firearms’ and an ‘anarchist-type textbook’ with an entry on ricin marked two days before they found the ricin itself. Ricin has two basic uses: poisoning people and cancer research. Anarchist texts such as the infamous The Anarchist Cookbook couple instructions on building a variety of weapons with the advocacy of violence to bring about political change–which fits the classic definition of terrorism. No anarchist texts are known to contain instructions on how to conduct cancer research.

There is no question that a competent investigator presented with this set of facts would entertain the hypothesis that the ricin had been developed with an eye toward political violence. Yet according to CNN, even after those background facts became public, an internal law enforcement report stated that the FBI considered the ricin discovery ‘criminal in nature with no nexus to terrorism.’ There is little reason to think that the FBI knows something we do not on this issue. Even as the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s conclusion about the lack of a terrorist link was being circulated by the media, deputy chief Kathy Suey admitted that law enforcement didn’t ‘know an awful lot’ about the 57-year-old man who wound up in critical condition after staying in the room where the ricin was found. ‘For the last 12 hours,’ she said, ‘our efforts have been on the containment and cleanup of the area and areas where there could have been exposure. We are now going forward with an investigation.’

IT IS, OF COURSE, too early to declare that the Las Vegas incident was connected to terrorism. But law enforcement’s announcement to the contrary was almost certainly premature–and is part of a larger pattern of officials dismissing acts of violence as unrelated to terrorism long before they are in a position to know.

The U.S. Code defines domestic terrorism as acts that endanger human life in violation of American criminal law, and that appear to be intended ‘to intimidate or coerce a civilian population’ or ‘to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion.’ So the defining factor that would classify an instance of violence as terrorism is the motivation behind it: A violent act is terrorism if its perpetrator intends it to intimidate American citizens or alter U.S. policies.

With that definition in mind, the pattern of law enforcement declaring violent incidents to be unrelated to terrorism before they have any way of knowing becomes clear.

THE PREEMINENT EXAMPLE of a premature announcement that a violent incident was unrelated to terrorism is also one of the few times that the FBI changed its tune. On July 4, 2002, Hesham Mohamed Hadayet opened fire at the Los Angeles International Airport’s El Al ticket counter, killing two Israelis and wounding four other people before a security guard shot him dead. Two days later, FBI spokesman Matt McLaughlin told the press that ‘there’s nothing to indicate terrorism at this point,’ and added that ‘we’d have to find some connections to a terrorist group’ before doing so.

McLaughlin’s reasoning was dead wrong: Connections to international terrorist groups are not a prerequisite for an act to be defined as terrorism. A report by federal investigators who thoroughly explored the Hadayet case revealed no links to international terrorist groups–but characterized the shooting as a terrorist act because Hadayet had virulent anti-Israel views and apparently hoped to influence U.S. policy toward the country. Though it took almost a year for the FBI’s stance on the case to change, in April 2003 a Bureau spokesman said they agreed with the report’s conclusion that the shooting fit ‘the definition of terrorism.’

SIMILAR EXAMPLES ABOUND. We outline them here not to argue that all of these incidents should be characterized as terrorism. Rather, our point is that in these cases, officials quickly declared that the violent incidents were not terrorism–at a time when no significant investigation had been performed, and when these announcements could not possibly be regarded as credible.

Tahmeed Ahmad, a Florida math teacher who had been on the federal terrorist watch list, was arrested in October 2007 after attacking the Homestead Air Reserve Base with vodka bottles that he intended to use as explosives and butcher knives. Despite the fact that he had screamed ‘Death to America’ during the attack, and despite the fact that he told guards he wanted to kill soldiers, authorities immediately announced that this was not an act of terrorism. An FBI official told the press within two days of the attack that Ahmad simply wanted to ‘commit suicide by cop’ (although a base spokesman did allow that ‘this was quite an unusual event’).

On July 26, 2006, Pakistani-American Naveed Afzal Haq opened fire at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, killing one and wounding five. Before opening fire, he exclaimed, ‘I am a Muslim American, angry at Israel.’ Almost immediately the FBI labeled the shootings a hate crime rather than a terrorist act, with Seattle’s assistant special agent in charge of counterterrorism telling the press: ‘We believe it’s a lone individual acting out his antagonism.’

On August 31, 2006, Omeed Aziz Popal hit about fourteen pedestrians in San Francisco with his black Honda SUV–ending his spree in front of a Jewish Community Center where he struck two people. Within hours of Popal’s arrest, police officials said there was no evidence that he had intended to commit a terrorist act, even though an eyewitness heard Popal refer to himself as a ‘terrorist.’ His self-description is of course not determinative–but it at least raises the question.

THESE EXAMPLES–AND there are others beyond them–demonstrate a pattern in which authorities announce that a violent act was not terrorism before they have had a chance to investigate. In all the cases cited above, there was reason to suspect that there may have been a terrorist motivation.

One mistake that authorities frequently make is assuming that an act only constitutes terrorism if it is connected to established networks. This assumption is echoed, for example, in Matt McLaughlin’s comment following the Hadayet shooting that ‘we’d have to find some connections to a terrorist group.’ Though terrorists connected to broader networks tend to be more competent and thus deadlier, the U.S. Code defines terrorism based on the intent rather than the perpetrator’s connections. Moreover, experts have recognized the phenomenon of the ‘lone-wolf terrorist’ who, by definition, is not part of a network.

But the FBI was eventually forced to correct its assessment in the Hadayet case, conceding that the incident was terrorism even though Hadayet was not part of a network. Clearly our law enforcement institutions are not ignorant on this point. So what else is going on?

We spoke with Jeff Breinholt, who served as the deputy chief of the Department of Justice’s counterterrorism section and is currently the director of national security law at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. He said that he has noticed the tendency for authorities to reflexively proclaim violent acts unrelated to terrorism before they have a solid basis for doing so, and suggested that this may be a reaction to the charge that the government has been too overzealous with terror alerts. This may be part of the picture, but this pattern was seen even before 9/11 and the accompanying wave of terror alerts. Daniel Pipes has noted, for example, that ‘[t]he 1990 murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane by the Islamist El Sayyid Nosair was initially ascribed by the police to ‘a prescription drug for or consistent with depression.”

Part of the reason may be that there is a particular stigma attached to terrorism that does not attach to other acts. Officials may be concerned that the idea that a terrorist act has occurred on U.S. soil–even one carried out by a lone wolf–would invoke feelings of uneasiness and fear. This stigma may also create concerns about commercial interests. In the most recent incident involving ricin,Las Vegas is a popular vacation destination–one that people may be less eager to visit if there are whispers of a terror plot involving the city.

WHATEVER THE REASON, the net effect is that this phenomenon erodes the credibility of official announcements. One of us has previously written about how the profusion of false alarms we experienced in late 2005 had a desensitizing effect on the public. There is likewise a perceptual cost to the opposite trend of ‘inverse false alarms.’ It is in officials’ best interest to maintain their credibility on pronouncements related to terrorism.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is the vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and the author of My Year Inside Radical Islam. Kyle Dabruzzi is a research associate at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Once I was taking a tour of Universal Studios in Florida. I asked the tour guide why you never hear about someone keeling over in the hot Florida summer weather. The Guy told me that he used to work at Disney World and that every time someone died at Disney they would wait till the body left the park grounds to officially pronounce them dead. That way Disney could always say that no one ever died at Disney World. The FBI does the same exact same thing–hiding the truth just by labeling it something else.

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CAMERA Reports BBC LIES AGAIN: Broadcasts Fictional Story About Israeli Home Demolitions.

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

CAMERA Reports BBC LIES AGAIN: Broadcasts Fictional Story About Israeli Home Demolitions.: “Once again the BBC proven that the initials stand for Broadcasts Bullcrap Continually. The day after the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva Massacre the aired a report showing Israeli bulldozers destroying the terrorist’s home. There was only one problem with the report….IT NEVER HAPPENED. Maybe it was a bad wind coming off of Prince Charlie’s ears. But the fact is the house was standing on Friday as it still stands today. (Folks I posted this from the train and just got an e-mail telling me that I forget to attribute this to CAMERA although I did link it Sorry CAMERA—Thanks for you great work)

BBC Fabricates Home Demolition Report
On Friday, March 7, 2008, the BBC’s World News with Jonathan Charles (seen in the U.S. on PBS stations as part of BBC America) aired footage purporting to show the demolition and burning of a house that belongs to the family of Ala Abu Dheim, the terrorist who murdered eight students and wounded nine others in the Mercaz Harav Yeshiva (Rabbinical Seminary) .

Against footage of a bulldozer destroying a burning home, BBC reporter Nick Miles was heard in voiceover proclaiming:

In the hours after the attack, Israeli bulldozers destroyed his [the terrorist’s] family home. Later, his mourners set up Hamas and Islamic Jihad banners nearby.

Here are excerpts from the BBC report:

But, in fact, it never happened! The film clip could not possibly have been of the terrorist’s family home, as it is still standing and, together with the nearby public mourning tent erected by the family, serves as a shrine dedicated to the ‘martyred’ terrorist.

After being ordered by Israeli police, Palestinians take down flags used by the Islamic group Hamas in front of the home of Alaa Abu Dheim, who family members say shot and killed eight Israelis at a rabbinical seminary Thursday, in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Friday March 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Atta Awisat)

That such a shrine is still allowed to remain in place has, in fact, prompted public outrage among Israelis and members of Knesset across the political spectrum. On Monday, March 10 – three days after the report aired – Knesset speaker Dalia Itzik (Labor) petitioned the Attorney General to order the demolition of the public tent and the terrorist’s family home.

Contrary to the BBC’s report, however, the only action taken by Israeli police against the Abu Dheim home was ordering the removal of Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah flags from the front of the house. To the right is an AP photograph showing Palestinians removing flags from the front of the Abu Dheim home. The photo was taken on Friday, March 7 – well after the time that the demolition was supposed to have taken place, according to the BBC report.

Below is a picture of the mourning tent, hung with posters of the terrorist, outside the home. The photograph is dated Sunday, March 9 and shows Israeli police who have come to the home to question members of the terrorist’s family.

Israeli policemen walk inside a special mourning tent set up in memory of Alaa Abu Dheim, who family members say was responsible for shooting and killing eight yeshiva students, in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Sunday March 9, 2008. The Israeli policemen came to the house of Abu Dheim in order to summon some of his family members for questioning in a police station.(AP Photo/Atta Awisat)

Below are several other AP photographs with captions taken on March 7 — well after the time the BBC alleged the destruction took place — showing Abu Dheim family members in front of or inside their undemolished home.



Palestinian relatives of Alaa Abu Dheim, who family members says shot and killed eight yeshiva students sit at the family’s home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Friday March 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)


A relative of Alaa Abu Dheim who family members say shot and killed eight Israelis at a rabbinical seminary Thursday, holds his photograph outside the family house in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Friday March 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Atta Awisat)


A Palestinian relative of Alaa Abu Dheim, who family members say shot and killed eight yeshiva students reads the Quran, Islam’s holy book, at the family’s home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Friday March 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)


Palestinian relatives of Alaa Abu Dheim, who family members say shot and killed eight yeshiva students, mourn at the family’s home in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Friday, March 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Fatima, center, the mother of Alaa Abu Dheim, the gunman that killed eight yeshiva students is comforted by his sister, center left, as relatives watch a news story about Abu Dheim in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, Friday, March 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)

Where did the BBC obtain the film clip and whose decision was it to air this as ‘evidence’ of a home demolition by Israel?

One of the charges often used by anti-Israel propagandists is that Israel demolishes the homes of blameless Palestinians as a form of collective punishment. (See ‘The ABC’s of Journalism‘; ‘USA Today Errs on Jerusalem Home Demolitions‘; ‘The Professor’s Truth Demolition‘; ‘Dissembling Demolitions‘) That the BBC would attempt to insert such a piece of propaganda into a report about an attack against Israelis is consistent with its pattern of minimizing Israeli suffering while emphasizing Palestinian victimhood. After all, the BBC – far from being the impartial news organization it claims to be – is well-known for its biased coverage of the Arab-Israeli conflict. (See CAMERA critiques of the BBC)

This time, however, the BBC has gone a step further by manufacturing bogus evidence of a home demolition that never took place.


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The Holger Diaries: The Day Al Qaeda Got Barack Obama Elected President

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

Check out another illuminating blog post by Holger Awakens

The Holger Diaries: The Day Al Qaeda Got Barack Obama Elected President: “

They say that timing is everything. And it appears that this saying is proving to be as true as ever. There are three candidates left running for the Presidency of the United States of America. John McCain is adamant about supporting and winning the war in Iraq. Hillary Clinton is against the war but in the past six months has tried to distance herself from the surrender crowd. Barack Obama has run on the platform that he voted against the war from the start and that he would surrender and retreat from Iraq.
Today, Wednesday, March 12, 2008 is the day that Al Qaeda in Iraq may well have gotten Barack Obama elected to President of the U.S.A. Let’s look at the headline and the first section of this story in the Charleston Daily Mail:

After rise in violence, fears in Baghdad that bloodshed returning to old level

By BRADLEY BROOKS
Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD (AP) — In just a week, Baghdad has seen a spate of suicide bombings that have killed scores of Iraqis and five U.S. soldiers — among 12 Americans who have fallen in the line of duty during the past three days in Iraq.
Suddenly, the city is feeling the unease of the period before violence eased partly as a result of the U.S. troop buildup, which is now coming to a close.
‘Violence has increased dramatically” over the past few days, said Haitham Ismael, a 33-year-old father of three living in western Baghdad.
After five years of war, Iraqis interviewed said they were not necessarily changing their daily routines. But all said the growing bloodshed was present in their minds, clouding what had until recently been a more hopeful time.
Some fear that the rampant violence of one year ago may be coming back, especially as the 30,000 soldiers sent to Baghdad last summer to help end a sectarian war begin returning home.
The key goal of the U.S. ‘surge” was to secure the capital, giving Iraq’s politicians breathing room to cut deals that would bring minority Sunni Arabs into the government and thereby weaken or end the insurgency.

As I mentioned, timing is everything. The Democrats took control of the House and Senate riding on their wave of surrender – promising the end of the Iraq War. Soon after, the Surge was unveiled and began to turn the tide…America marvelled at how the violence subsided, how the Americans were winning big time in Iraq. And Congress’ popularity and approval ratings fell to all time lows.

Now, with less than seven months until the American Presidential election, al Qaeda has battled back with some serious shock and awe bombings in Baghdad and northern Iraq and heavy losses for American troops in the past few days. Al Qaeda’s plan is clear – they HAVE to create a wave of doubt, of unease in America in order to get Obama elected and get the Americans out of Iraq.

At the same time, consider the fact that it took the MSM in America over six months to even begrudgingly acknowledge the success of the Surge. It has taken them TWO DAYS begin the kind of reporting that Bradley Brooks has done here from the AP.

Al Qaeda’s mission is to sway our election – their only hope is to inflict huge damage over the next few months. They are off to a good start and with their ally in this, the American news media, their plans just might succeed.

By the way folks, the article captioned above was NOT from the New York Times or the Washington Post. It is from the Charleston Daily Mail – yes, Charleston, South Carolina – the state bordering Camp Lejeune.
I never thought I would see the day that a voter in the United States of America would reward the efforts of the scum that struck our Twin Towers and Pentagon. I never imagined that a day would come that the blood of our 3000 innocents would be desecrated by the vote of their brothers and sisters. I never thought I would see the day that the American people would be used as tools for terrorists.

If we don’t see this new strategy and ‘surge’ of al Qaeda put down immediately, we will see them win the ultimate struggle and you and me will see for the first time, how a foreign enemy simply rigged our elections. Did Al Qaeda get Obama elected President today? We won’t know, I suppose for a few more months, but is that the kind of ‘endorsement’ you would want if you were running for the office?

(Via Holger Awakens.)

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Study: Media Emboldens Insurgents ( IE: Kills American Troops )

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

Study: Media Emboldens Insurgents ( IE: Kills American Troops ): “

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U.S. News And World Report:

I’m not even going to comment, because I’ve been directly on the receiving end of these ‘insurgents’ bombs and bullets, and have seen too many young Americans killed by them…the answer to this study’s question is all too obvious, and no study was ever required….caveats my ass…this is a topic that always leaves me in a black rage, too black to really be able to write about it…

Yet, their results show that insurgent groups are not devoid of reason and unresponsive to outside pressures and stimuli. ‘It shows that the various insurgent groups do respond to incentives and shows that a successful counter insurgency strategy should take that reality into account,’ says one of the paper’s coauthors, Jonathan Monten, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

The paper ‘Is There an ‘Emboldenment’ Effect in Iraq? Evidence From the Insurgency in Iraq’ concludes the following:

In the short term, there is a small but measurable cost to open public debate in the form of higher attacks against Iraqi and American targets.
In periods immediately after a spike in ‘antiresolve’ statements in the American media, the level of insurgent attacks increases between 7 and 10 percent.

Insurgent organizations are strategic actors, meaning that whatever their motivations, religious or ideological, they will respond to incentives and disincentives.

But before partisans go wild on both sides of the aisle, here are just three of the important caveats to this study:

The city of Baghdad, for a variety of reasons, was excluded from the report. The authors contend that looking at the outside provinces, where 65 percent of insurgent attacks take place, is a better way to understand the effect they have discovered. Other population centers like Mosul, Basra, Kirkuk, and Najaf were included in the study.

The study does not take into account overall cost and benefit of public debate. Past research has shown that public debate has a positive effect on military strategy, for example, and, in the case of Iraq, might be a factor in forcing the Iraqi government to more quickly accept responsibility for internal security.

It was not possible, from the data available, to determine whether insurgent groups increased the overall number of attacks against American and Iraqi targets in the wake of public dissent and debate or simply changed the timing of those attacks. This means that insurgents may not be increasing the number of attacks after all but simply changing the days on which they attack in response to media reports.

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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Glenn Beck’s Real Story – How the Liberal Media Works

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

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ABC News: “Burqa Is Wardrobe of Choice For Muslim Women”

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

ABC News: "Burqa Is Wardrobe of Choice For Muslim Women": “The burqa Is a ‘wardrobe of choice’?
–Tell that to the 113,454 women who were arrested in Iran last year after the regime cracked down on their modesty laws!

ABC embraces the veil:

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The caption reads:
The burqa is the wardrobe of choice for many Muslim women. It is worn over a woman’s daily clothing, usually covering her from head to toe. Today, the burqa has gone designer, popping up on fashion runways in the West, like at this show by Norwegian designers Marked Moskva in Norway earlier this month. Here, a burqa evokes traditional Norwegian dress. The designers reportedly say they are aiming their collection at Muslims and non-Muslims.
(Mattis Sanblad, Scanpix/AP Photo)

It’s a ‘wardrobe of choice’ just as long as you choose to wear it…

Otherwise the regime may beat you to a bloody pulp.

** Jammie Wearing Fool has several other examples of the latest wardrobe of choice hitting the runways.”

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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Iran invokes Universal Declaration of Human Rights against Wilders film, says it will “breed violence”

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

Iran invokes Universal Declaration of Human Rights against Wilders' film, says it will "breed violence": “

The film will breed violence. And you cheeky Westerners thought spontaneous generation was a dead theory. ‘Iran: Dutch anti-Quran film to ‘breed violence’,’ from the Associated Press:

Iran warned on Tuesday that an anti-Quran film by a right-wing Dutch lawmaker would ‘beed violence’ and said the Dutch government could ban it based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

So… stonings are okay, child marriage is okay, death for apostates and homosexuals is okay, but a controversial film is right out.

Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, has said he plans to air the film this month, though no date has been set. The government says it is powerless to ban the film before seeing its contents and is wary of breaching Wilders’ right to freedom of expression.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mehdi Safari cited the 1948 Human Rights declaration’s 29th article that individual rights may be limited in the interest of respecting other people’s freedoms and ‘meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.’

‘Nobody can say what’s going to happen’

Wilders says the film will depict the Quran as a ‘fascist book’ that can be used by extremists to incite violence and which preaches the oppression of women and homosexuals.

‘Freedom of speech is not unlimited,’ Tehran’s ambassador to the Netherlands, Bozorgmehr Ziaran told a small group of reporters at the Iranian Embassy. The film, he added, ‘would just breed violence.’ Wilders, Ziaran said, ‘is not a peacemaker, Mr. Wilders is a warmonger.’

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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Israel Boycotts Al Jazeera (While YouTube Promotes It)

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

Here is another great post from Charles at LGF.

Israel Boycotts Al Jazeera (While YouTube Promotes It): “

Israel has announced that they will embargo the jihad-supporting Al Jazeera television: Israel to boycott Al-Jazeera TV, claiming incitement to terror.

Israel has decided officially to boycott the Qatari-based al-Jazeera news station, because of what it perceives as biased coverage, a government official said Wednesday.

‘The Foreign Ministry has held discussions on the matter, and decided to embargo the station,’ Deputy Foreign Minister Majali Wahabe told Army Radio, adding: ‘These reports are untrustworthy and they hurt us, and they arouse people to terrorist activities.’

The foreign ministry intends to send a letter to Qatar in the coming days, explaining that the decision was made following an examination of coverage of recent Israeli military DF operations in the Gaza Strip. The boycott will include a general refusal by Israeli officials to be interviewed by the station, and a ban on Al-Jazeera correspondents from entering government offices in Jerusalem.

According to Israeli officials, the station is heavily biased in favour of the Islamic Hamas movement, which administers the Gaza Strip. The officials also accuse al-Jazeera of staging a candlelight protest that that followed an Israeli government decision last month to reduce electric and gas supplies to the salient in response to continued Palestinian rocket attacks on southern Israel.

And please note that this evil terrorist-supporting propaganda is being fed into the minds of American youths by YouTube: YouTube – AlJazeeraEnglish’s Channel.

(Via Little Green Footballs.)

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Radical “Leftists” Ambush Israeli Leader at Nazi Museum– Call For Destruction of Israel

Posted by avideditor on March 12, 2008

Radical "Leftists" Ambush Israeli Leader at Nazi Museum– Call For Destruction of Israel: “Radical ‘Leftists’ in burkas ambushed Shimon Peres in France today.

A protestor is held by police officers as Israeli President Shimon Peres, not pictured, visits the Resistance and Deportation History Center in Lyon, central France, Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Peres is in France on a five-day state visit.
(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Shimon Peres was ambushed at a Nazi museum by young ‘Leftists’ calling for the destruction of Israel. The Gaza supporters chanted that the resistance in Gaza is legitimate and want to see Israel erased…
At a Nazi museum.
YNET News reported:

President Shimon Peres encountered some not so pleasant left-wing protestors on Wednesday during a visit to a museum on Nazi resistance groups during World War II in the French city of Lyon as part of his official state visit to the European country.

Some far left activists held a demonstration at the museum where they dubbed Peres and Israel ‘criminal,’ called for Israel ‘to be erased,’ and said ‘the resistance in Gaza is legitimate.’

The incident led to a brief scuffle when French police arrived on the scene and attempted to use force to evacuate the protestors. The activists did not give up and sat down on the ground with interlocked arms in order to avoid being forcibly removed. Police struggled with the demonstrators for several minutes before they managed to expel them from the area.

A member of the president’s delegation said: ‘The calls for Israel’s destruction are severe given the sensitivity of the place (where they were uttered). Nonetheless, this is an extreme left radical group that does not comprise a significant bloc in regional politics.’


Riot police struggle with demonstrators who are protesting against the visit of Israeli President Shimon Peres to the Centre of the History of Resistance and Deportation in Lyon, south-eastern France March 12, 2008. (France)

In (Sort of) Related News… The BBC totally fabricated a story about the demolition of a Palestinian’s home complete with video.
The Jawa Report and CAMERA have more.”

(Via avideditorla’s shared items in Google Reader.)

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