Friday, September 29, 2006
I found this interesting article on Gamla.Org.
It's worth a read, it touches on some of the twisting of the Torah in an attempt to support the Moon Worshippers.
A terrible lie
Emanuel A. Winston,
Mid East Analyst & Commentator
September 28, 2006
The descendants of Ishmael, through Mohammed, have been taught a terrible lie. They choose to ignore the fact that Ishmael was the half brother of Isaac, through Abraham. In this great lie, therefore, those who interpreted the writings of Mohammed, expanded on the story that, like Cain, the Muslims of the future were destined to kill their half-brothers out of Abraham. Through the centuries, this lie was further embellished well beyond teaching Muslims to murder their half-brothers (and sisters). The LIE was to induce Muslims to believe that by murdering their brother Jews through Abraham, that they would gain a glorious life-after-death.
Is this then what G-d expected of Cain when he too murdered his brother in a fit of jealousy? G-d marked Cain with a curse. Is this what the Mullahs wanted for the Muslim people - a permanent banishment from heaven?
But, the Mullahs told the people: "Kill and you will be rewarded in the heaven we will describe for you". Thus they appealed to the lower, base instincts of Muslims, that by murdering their brother, they would have great sexual pleasures denied to them on earth by those same Mullahs.
Virgins, sweets of the most choice. That which were denied to them by the Mullahs, would be available in rivers of wine and honey. All they had to do was murder their brothers through Abraham and Ishmael. if they killed themself while killing Jews, they would be holy martyrs and ascend to Muslim Paradise to sit next to Mohammed in Allah’s Courtyards.
What the Mullahs could not tell the Muslim people was that murder on earth - for any reason - brings a terrible curse. That instead of virgins and rivers of honey, wine and the sweets they were promised, would be a terrible darkness for the murder of his brother. They would have no glorious Heaven but a Hell of indescribable pain.
Around the world "Madrassahs" ("Wahhabi" Strict Muslim schools) were established to warp young minds, teaching them first to hate and then the benefits of murder/suicide while omitting that Heaven is not their destiny.
Year after year more lies were piled upon the earlier lies. Even the Mullahs could no longer tell the difference. Where in the tales of history was Ishmael’s half brother, Isaac, taught to kill their brothers and sisters who were the people of Ishmael.
G-d’s only allowance to kill, were those tribes who practiced human sacrifice to pagan gods, invented by the local priest cults. Here, too, it was the priest cults who benefitted the most as the people gave them the best foods, the greatest honors and always the young virgins. The priest became the interpreters of Allah’s will, despite their never having seen him. Abraham, the father of two peoples did speak with G-d and there were no instructions for the sons to kill each other. In fact, the main reason Abraham had to send Ishmael and his mother Hagar away was that Sarah saw Ishmael "playing" with Isaac but, when she saw Ishmael acting aggressively and threateningly toward Isaac. It seems clear that this was probably because he was jealous of Abraham’s intention to make Isaac his first and the son to father the coming descendant generations.
The "Tanach" (Bible) says that G-d tells Abraham that "through his son Isaac will offspring be considered yours. G-d also tells Abraham that also through the son of the slave-woman (Ishmael) wilI I make into a nation for he is your offspring." (1)
As the years passed, Mohammed made his appearance in the seventh century as a man of war who set out to convert others to Islam by the sword because the Koran mandates them to do so in order to create a global Caliphate where Islam dominates the world. After a time of conquest, Mohammed died in 632 C.E. many wished to be considered the heir and leader of Islam. Many created their own mystical interpretations of the Koran and various "Hadith" (Oral teachings).
Thus began a race to invent the most creative interpretations of the Koran’s meanings and become Mohammed’s natural heir. The ignorant masses loved the magic of the stories. The best, of course, was the promise of life-after-death but, only if they followed the fable of the last Mullah to teach what he believed.
But, the people liked the fable of getting in Allah’s heaven everything they wanted but were denied on earth.
All they had to do was, like Cain, kill their brother. Instead of a curse they would enjoy plenty. The young - how their eyes grew big after being told when they killed their brother, they would be honored, both in life and death as heroic warriors.
The Mullahs appealed to the worst instincts of men. They promised life-after-death, a life of glorious rewards. They promised immortality which not only removed the fear of death but made death by their murdering their brother to be desirable. How the young rush with open arms to greet death, especially if they could bring the head of their half-brother as an offering, a human sacrifice, to the Allah created by the Mullahs and Ayatollahs.
Was this the G-d of Abraham or was this Zin, the Moon god of the Mullahs, named Allah who wanted to rule the world but needed and obedient army of believers.
What happened to the G-d of Abraham? Would he have approved of another killing of brother by brother? This major error was ignored by the Mullahs, even though they later claimed that Abraham was born a Muslim.
Let this true story be published in Arabic and spread across the world of Islam. The Mullahs will ferociously deny that murder is wrong. They will quote their own writings to prove that Ishmael, the son of Abraham, would approve of killing his half-brother Isaac and all the generations that followed him. The Muslims will rage because it will pose the question: Can one kill his half brother or sister, plunder their belongings, loot - and then expect to be made immortal in the courtyards of Allah.
Tuesday, September 26, 2006
U.S. Support for Israel on the Rise
By Peter Brown
Although there is some dispute about which side won the recent Middle East war, it is clear Israel was the victor in the battle for American public opinion. Americans were already disposed to back Israel and the war with Hezbollah only deepened those instincts.
Although the changes in U.S. public opinion are small, when the ratings for Israel, Syria, the Palestinian government and Iran are taken together, that is the unmistakable conclusion from the latest Quinnipiac University national poll.
Looking inside the data shows what some might consider a surprising partisan pattern of comparatively weaker Democratic support for Israel within the American public, given the traditional voting behavior by Jewish Americans.
Quinnipiac's every three-month survey asks Americans to rate 17 different countries on a "friend versus foe" 1-100 index, also known as a thermometer reading. The higher the number, the warmer each respondent feels toward each country.
Israel's latest mean rating was 65.9, which placed it third among the nations tested. The highest was England at 78.3, while the lowest was Iran at 13.9.
In the previous Quinnipiac thermometer reading, taken in June before the war broke out, Israel had a mean rating of 62.9. The three-point jump was the largest of any country during the three-month period.
Their latest poll of 1,080 American adults was taken Aug. 17-23, shortly after a cease-fire in the fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, a military/political movement in Lebanon that has called for Israel's destruction.
The war began when Hezbollah ventured across the border, killed and captured Israeli soldiers. Even Arab governments generally hostile to Israel condemned Hezbollah's strike as a provocation.
But during the war, Israel's response, which included widespread bombing and ground operations within Lebanon, led to civilian casualties, as was the case in Israel from Hezbollah rocket attacks.
As the war played out, some of those same Arab nations and others in Europe - but not the Bush administration -- criticized Israel, saying its military response had been recklessly disproportionate to the initial attack.
But the data shows clearly that Israel's recent war against Hezbollah improved its standing with the American people and diminished support for the enemies of the Jewish state.
Not only did Israel's rating go up, but those of Iran and the Palestinian government dropped. In addition, Syria was added to the survey for the first time and it scored very low. All three are adamant foes of Israel.
Hezbollah was not included in the survey because it is not a government, but there is no doubt the low scores for its allies reflect Americans' negative views of it also.
The Palestinians dropped from a June score of 25 to 22.8., Iran fell to 13.9 from 16.9, and Syria had a mean rating of 21.7. Along with North Korea, which had a mean rating of 15, the three Israeli enemies were considered the four least friendly nations in the world by the American people.
There was a pattern in the United States to the pro-Israeli, anti-Syria, Palestinian, Iran feeling.
Israel is given higher ratings by Republicans (70.9) and independents (68.1) than by Democrats (60). That might be surprising to some, since Jewish voters in the United States tend to vote Democratic by an almost 2-to1 margin.
Israel's foes also score slightly better among Democrats than Republicans or independents.
Israel's rating is substantially higher among men (71.9), than it is among women (60.5). It does slightly better among white evangelical Christians (68.6) and white Roman Catholics (67) than it does among Americans overall. In recent years, support for Israel has become a trademark position of conservative Christian political candidates and leaders within the United States.
The data indicate that those who see the Bush Administration's unwavering support for Israel as a potential domestic political liability might be wise to think again.
Peter A. Brown is assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, September 25, 2006
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Saturday, September 23, 2006
On the first night of Rosh HaShanah, after prayer services, a special greeting is used, which is only said on this night "May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year." On Rosh HaShanah, everyone is judged by G-d based on his or her actions during the previous year. The resulting judgment is inscribed by G-d and a person’s future is determined for the following year. Though that judgment is inscribed, it is not yet sealed and can still be changed at least for another ten days. G-d waits until Yom Kippur to seal the book for the year.
How can a person change their judgment for the better? "Repentance, Prayer, and Charity can remove the bad decree." G-d looks especially at three areas during the time between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, the Ten Days of Repentance. By doing teshuvah with true regret for the past and commitment for the future, a person can erase his misdeeds and hence improve his judgment before it is sealed on Yom Kippur. Similarly, by praying with greater concentration before G-d, and by giving charity with the proper spirit, one can also upgrade one's status.
To learn about three importantRosh HaShanah Prayers
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
this morning at the u.n. Hugo Chavez spent half an hour calling the president of the U.S. names.
He spoke of human rights abuses, no not those committed by Castro, who, Chavez announced gleefully is "back in his green fatigues".
Interestingly he didn't mention murders committed by Arab terrorists or the situation in Darfur at all.
In fact, the only problem he had with any country, other than the U.S. was, that's right, you guessed it, Israel.
One wonders about the intellect of the people of Venezuela if they in fact actually elected this clown.
He did say one thing that made sense...he suggested moving the u.n. to Venezuela.
I second that motion.
Monday, September 18, 2006
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Outraged by Sudan's refusal to accept a U.N. force to end the violence in Darfur, Wiesel was appealing to the United Nations on Thursday, along with actor George Clooney.
"I will be pushing for stopping the murder, the humiliation, the starvation of the victims in Darfur," said Wiesel in an interview before addressing the Security Council.
"I call Darfur the capital of human suffering. To ignore it would be an insult to our collective conscience," he added.
Tens of thousands have been killed and 2.5 million people forced from their homes in 3 1/2 years of fighting in Sudan's remote western area of Darfur. Humanitarian workers have also come under greater attack in recent months.
Last month, the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution for a 20,000-member force to take over from struggling African Union peacekeepers when their mandate expires in two weeks.
Despite world pressure, Sudan is balking at the idea of a U.N. force and says the African Union has no authority to transfer its mission to the United Nations.
Wiesel said he would push the council to intervene.
He drew parallels to Rwanda's 1994 genocide, when the world intervened too late.
"Rwanda is always on my mind when I speak of Darfur. We could have saved 600,000 to 800,000 men, women and children there but we didn't. Now, those who didn't will bear the responsibility for that for years and years and generations to come," he added.
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who was in charge of U.N. peacekeeping operations at that time, has acknowledged the United Nations failed Rwanda during the genocide.
The United States, which classified Darfur's conflict as genocide two years ago, hopes Sudan will at the last minute concede to a U.N. force and has said repeatedly that U.N. forces will not "shoot their way" into Darfur.
But Wiesel said whether Sudan agreed or not, there must be an international force in Darfur. If the AU pulled out, the security vacuum would result in slaughter, he said.
For Wiesel, getting action on Darfur is a personal mission and he identifies closely with the victims.
The 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner was 15 years old when his family was deported by the Nazis to Auschwitz concentration camp. He lost parents and younger sister in the Holocaust.
"I am a Jew and I feel what victims feel. I felt that once upon a time," he said. "I felt abandoned and that is why I devote myself to all these causes.
"These people have no power. We have that power and we must use it. We will continue screaming."
Wiesel was born in Sighet (now Sighetu Marmaţiei), Maramureş, Romania, to Shlomo Wiesel and his wife Sarah, the daughter of Dodye Feig, a Hasid and farmer from a nearby village. Elie Wiesel had three sisters Hilda, Béa, and Tzipora. Shlomo was an Orthodox Jew of Hungarian descent, and a shopkeeper who ran his own grocery store. He was active and trusted within the community, and had spent a few months in jail for having helped Polish Jews who escaped to Hungary in the early years of the war. It was Shlomo who instilled a strong sense of humanism in his son, encouraging him to learn Modern Hebrew and to read literature, whereas his mother encouraged him to study Torah and Kabbalah. Wiesel has said his father represented reason, and his mother, faith (Fine 1982:4). He was the only son, though he had three sisters.
The town of Sighet became part of the German ally Hungary in 1940, and in 1944 the Hungarian authorities deported the Jewish community in Sighet to Auschwitz–Birkenau. While at Auschwitz the number A-7713 was tattooed into his left arm. Wiesel was separated from his mother and sister Tzipora, who are presumed to have been killed at Auschwitz. Wiesel and his father were sent to the attached work camp Buna-Werke, a subcamp of Auschwitz III Monowitz. He managed to remain with his father for a year as they were forced to work under appalling conditions and shuffled between concentration camps in the closing days of the war. On January 28, 1945, just a few weeks after the two were marched to Buchenwald and only months before the camp was liberated by the American Third Army, Wiesel's father died of dysentery, starvation, and exhaustion, after being beaten by a guard. The last word his father spoke was "Eliezer," his son's name.
After the warAfter the war, Wiesel was placed in a French orphanage, where he learned the French language and was reunited with his two older sisters, Hilda and Bea, who had also survived the war. In 1948, Wiesel began studying philosophy at the Sorbonne.
I was the accuser, God the accused. My eyes were open and I
was alone–terribly alone in a world without God and without man.
Wiesel, 'Night' (1958)
Translated by Stella Rodway
He taught Hebrew and worked as a choirmaster before becoming a professional journalist. As a journalist he wrote for Israeli and French newspapers, including Tsien in Kamf (in Yiddish) and the French newspaper, L'arche. However, for 11 years after the war, Wiesel refused to write about or discuss his experiences during the Holocaust. Like many survivors, Wiesel could not find the words to describe his experiences. However, a meeting with François Mauriac, the 1952 Nobel Laureate in Literature, who eventually became Wiesel's close friend, persuaded him to write about his Holocaust experiences.
"We Know aout suffering." Wiesel is standing in the foreground
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Iran's Pres. Ahmadinejad has called for Israel to be wiped off the map.
He has said killing Jews anywhere is always justified.
He has called the Holocaust a hoax.
Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.
World War lll is underway and we need to be aware of it.
In 1940 Gallup commisioned a poll, the question was, "Should we declare war on Hitler?"
90% of Americans answered no.
They didn't think Hitler was enough of a threat to justify American soldiers being used to stop him.
The same type of language was used about Hitler then that is now being used to minimize the threat of Iran today.
"Ahmadinejad is just playing politics."
Here's a story you may not have heard, by the way,
Lawyer Registers Criminal Indictment against Ahmadinejad in
By Anthony David Marks
(IHC News, 14 May 2006) EXCLUSIVE - Attorney Ervin E. Shahar is an
Israeli citizen whose ancestors suffered terribly under Nazi Germanys
domination of Europe during World War II. Shahar has taken the
initiative to file a case in the German Court to carry out criminal
proceedings in absentia against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
for his brazen denial of the Holocaust and his urging Germany (and
Austria) to resettle all Jews in Israel to Germany and Austria.
Denying the Holocaust in Germany is an offense, punishable by law with
a maximum of five years in prison and a fine.
This recent action to indict comprises a seminal document in the
prosecution of antisemitism, drawing upon international, German law
and also on other historical precedents for the criminal conviction of
Holocaust deniers. It likewise effectively debunks with hardcore
evidence some recurring themes about Holocaust denial.
The lengthy document sets out the background of the plaintiff, the
nature of the claim, a detailed account of Ahmadinejad's offending
statements, a precise account of standard Holocaust denial themes and
a survivor's testimony.
Ahmadinejad's hateful comments against all those who suffered from the
Holocaust have never been challenged in court or by another
appropriate body such as the UN.
True, Ahmadinejad is an idiot, but he's a dangerous idiot, and we ignore him at our own peril.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Whether Iraq should have come next after Afghanistan or not, we are there now, and we must win.
As Lao Tzu once said, "Tackle the great problems while they are still small."
This is not to say Iraq is a small problem, but it will be much worse if we cut and run.
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
I don't agree with every policy pronouncement from the President, but I have to admire him when he stands with an Israel leader with the Israeli Flag behind him, and his increasingly agressive stand against Islamofacism and Islamic Facists in general.
Whether we agree or disagree with the war against terrorism being wage in Iraq, it is considered the main battle ground by terrorists themselves.
Great speech today, G-d Bless George Bush.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you all very much. (Applause.) Thank you all. Please be seated. General Hendrix, thank you for the invitation to be here. Thanks for the kind introduction. I'm honored to stand with the men and women of the Military Officers Association of America. I appreciate the Board of Directors who are here, and the leaders who have given me this platform from which to speak. I'm proud to be here with active members of the United States military. Thank you for your service. I'm proud to be your Commander-in-Chief. (Applause.)
I am pleased also to stand with members of the diplomatic corps, including many representing nations that have been attacked by al Qaeda and its terrorist allies since September the 11th, 2001. (Applause.) Your presence here reminds us that we're engaged in a global war against an enemy that threatens all civilized nations. And today the civilized world stands together to defend our freedom; we stand together to defeat the terrorists; and were working to secure the peace for generations to come.
I appreciate my Attorney General joining us today, Al Gonzales. Thank you for being here. (Applause.) The Secretary of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, is with us. (Applause.) Three members of the United States Senate -- I might say, three important members of the United States Senate -- Senate President Pro Tem Ted Stevens of Alaska. Thank you for joining us, Senator. (Applause.) Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. (Applause.) The Chairman of the Armed Services Committee, John Warner of Virginia. (Applause.)
I thank Norb Ryan, as well, for his leadership. I do appreciate all the folks that are at Walter Reed who have joined us today. I'm going to tell the parents of our troops, we provide great health care to those who wear the uniform. I'm proud of those folks at Bethesda and Walter Reed -- are providing you the best possible care to help you recover from your injuries. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for joining us here today. May God bless you in your recovery. (Applause.)
Next week, America will mark the fifth anniversary of September the 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks. As this day approaches, it brings with it a flood of painful memories. We remember the horror of watching planes fly into the World Trade Center, and seeing the towers collapse before our eyes. We remember the sight of the Pentagon, broken and in flames. We remember the rescue workers who rushed into burning buildings to save lives, knowing they might never emerge again. We remember the brave passengers who charged the cockpit of their hijacked plane, and stopped the terrorists from reaching their target and killing more innocent civilians. We remember the cold brutality of the enemy who inflicted this harm on our country -- an enemy whose leader, Osama bin Laden, declared the massacre of nearly 3,000 people that day -- I quote -- "an unparalleled and magnificent feat of valor, unmatched by any in humankind before them."
In five years since our nation was attacked, al Qaeda and terrorists it has inspired have continued to attack across the world. They've killed the innocent in Europe and Africa and the Middle East, in Central Asia and the Far East, and beyond. Most recently, they attempted to strike again in the most ambitious plot since the attacks of September the 11th -- a plan to blow up passenger planes headed for America over the Atlantic Ocean.
Five years after our nation was attacked, the terrorist danger remains. We're a nation at war -- and America and her allies are fighting this war with relentless determination across the world. Together with our coalition partners, we've removed terrorist sanctuaries, disrupted their finances, killed and captured key operatives, broken up terrorist cells in America and other nations, and stopped new attacks before they're carried out. We're on the offense against the terrorists on every battlefront -- and we'll accept nothing less than complete victory. (Applause.)
In the five years since our nation was attacked, we've also learned a great deal about the enemy we face in this war. We've learned about them through videos and audio recordings, and letters and statements they've posted on websites. We've learned about them from captured enemy documents that the terrorists have never meant for us to see. Together, these documents and statements have given us clear insight into the mind of our enemies -- their ideology, their ambitions, and their strategy to defeat us.
We know what the terrorists intend to do because they've told us -- and we need to take their words seriously. So today I'm going to describe -- in the terrorists' own words, what they believe… what they hope to accomplish, and how they intend to accomplish it. I'll discuss how the enemy has adapted in the wake of our sustained offensive against them, and the threat posed by different strains of violent Islamic radicalism. I'll explain the strategy we're pursuing to protect America, by defeating the terrorists on the battlefield, and defeating their hateful ideology in the battle of ideas.
The terrorists who attacked us on September the 11th, 2001, are men without conscience -- but they're not madmen. They kill in the name of a clear and focused ideology, a set of beliefs that are evil, but not insane. These al Qaeda terrorists and those who share their ideology are violent Sunni extremists. They're driven by a radical and perverted vision of Islam that rejects tolerance, crushes all dissent, and justifies the murder of innocent men, women and children in the pursuit of political power. They hope to establish a violent political utopia across the Middle East, which they call a "Caliphate" -- where all would be ruled according to their hateful ideology. Osama bin Laden has called the 9/11 attacks -- in his words -- "a great step towards the unity of Muslims and establishing the Righteous… [Caliphate]."
This caliphate would be a totalitarian Islamic empire encompassing all current and former Muslim lands, stretching from Europe to North Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. We know this because al Qaeda has told us. About two months ago, the terrorist Zawahiri -- he's al Qaeda's second in command -- declared that al Qaeda intends to impose its rule in "every land that was a home for Islam, from [Spain] to Iraq. He went on to say, "The whole world is an open field for us."
We know what this radical empire would look like in practice, because we saw how the radicals imposed their ideology on the people of Afghanistan. Under the rule of the Taliban and al Qaeda, Afghanistan was a totalitarian nightmare -- a land where women were imprisoned in their homes, men were beaten for missing prayer meetings, girls could not go to school, and children were forbidden the smallest pleasures like flying kites. Religious police roamed the streets, beating and detaining civilians for perceived offenses. Women were publicly whipped. Summary executions were held in Kabul's soccer stadium in front of cheering mobs. And Afghanistan was turned into a launching pad for horrific attacks against America and other parts of the civilized world -- including many Muslim nations.
The goal of these Sunni extremists is to remake the entire Muslim world in their radical image. In pursuit of their imperial aims, these extremists say there can be no compromise or dialogue with those they call "infidels" -- a category that includes America, the world's free nations, Jews, and all Muslims who reject their extreme vision of Islam. They reject the possibility of peaceful coexistence with the free world. Again, hear the words of Osama bin Laden earlier this year: "Death is better than living on this Earth with the unbelievers among us."
These radicals have declared their uncompromising hostility to freedom. It is foolish to think that you can negotiate with them. (Applause.) We see the uncompromising nature of the enemy in many captured terrorist documents. Here are just two examples: After the liberation of Afghanistan, coalition forces searching through a terrorist safe house in that country found a copy of the al Qaeda charter. This charter states that "there will be continuing enmity until everyone believes in Allah. We will not meet [the enemy] halfway. There will be no room for dialogue with them." Another document was found in 2000 by British police during an anti-terrorist raid in London -- a grisly al Qaeda manual that includes chapters with titles such as "Guidelines for Beating and Killing Hostages." This manual declares that their vision of Islam "does not… make a truce with unbelief, but rather confronts it." The confrontation… calls for… the dialogue of bullets, the ideals of assassination, bombing, and destruction, and the diplomacy of the cannon and machine gun."
Still other captured documents show al Qaeda's strategy for infiltrating Muslim nations, establishing terrorist enclaves, overthrowing governments, and building their totalitarian empire. We see this strategy laid out in a captured al Qaeda document found during a recent raid in Iraq, which describes their plans to infiltrate and take over Iraq's western Anbar Province. The document lays out an elaborate al Qaeda governing structure for the region that includes an Education Department, a Social Services Department, a Justice Department, and an "Execution Unit" responsible for "Sorting out, Arrest, Murder, and Destruction."
According to their public statements, countries that have -- they have targeted stretch from the Middle East to Africa, to Southeast Asia. Through this strategy, al Qaeda and its allies intend to create numerous, decentralized operating bases across the world, from which they can plan new attacks, and advance their vision of a unified, totalitarian Islamic state that can confront and eventually destroy the free world.
These violent extremists know that to realize this vision, they must first drive out the main obstacle that stands in their way -- the United States of America. According to al Qaeda, their strategy to defeat America has two parts: First, they're waging a campaign of terror across the world. They're targeting our forces abroad, hoping that the American people will grow tired of casualties and give up the fight. And they're targeting America's financial centers and economic infrastructure at home, hoping to terrorize us and cause our economy to collapse.
Bin Laden calls this his "bleed-until-bankruptcy plan." And he cited the attacks of 9/11 as evidence that such a plan can succeed. With the 9/11 attacks, Osama bin Laden says, "al Qaeda spent $500,000 on the event, while America… lost -- according to the lowest estimate -- $500 billion… Meaning that every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars” of America. Bin Laden concludes from this experience that "America is definitely a great power, with… unbelievable military strength and a vibrant economy, but all of these have been built on a very weak and hollow foundation." He went on to say, "Therefore, it is very easy to target the flimsy base and concentrate on their weak points, and even if we're able to target one-tenth of these weak points, we will be able [to] crush and destroy them."
Secondly, along with this campaign of terror, the enemy has a propaganda strategy. Osama bin Laden laid out this strategy in a letter to the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, that coalition forces uncovered in Afghanistan in 2002. In it, bin Laden says that al Qaeda intends to "[launch]," in his words, "a media campaign… to create a wedge between the American people and their government." This media campaign, bin Laden says, will send the American people a number of messages, including "that their government [will] bring them more losses, in finances and casualties." And he goes on to say that "they are being sacrificed… to serve… the big investors, especially the Jews." Bin Laden says that by delivering these messages, al Qaeda "aims at creating pressure from the American people on the American government to stop their campaign against Afghanistan."
Bin Laden and his allies are absolutely convinced they can succeed in forcing America to retreat and causing our economic collapse. They believe our nation is weak and decadent, and lacking in patience and resolve. And they're wrong. (Applause.) Osama bin Laden has written that the "defeat of... American forces in Beirut" in 1983 is proof America does not have the stomach to stay in the fight. He's declared that "in Somalia… the United States [pulled] out, trailing disappointment, defeat, and failure behind it." And last year, the terrorist Zawahiri declared that Americans "know better than others that there is no hope in victory. The Vietnam specter is closing every outlet."
These terrorists hope to drive America and our coalition out of Afghanistan, so they can restore the safe haven they lost when coalition forces drove them out five years ago. But they've made clear that the most important front in their struggle against America is Iraq -- the nation bin Laden has declared the "capital of the Caliphate." Hear the words of bin Laden: "I now address… the whole… Islamic nation: Listen and understand… The most… serious issue today for the whole world is this Third World War… [that] is raging in [Iraq]." He calls it "a war of destiny between infidelity and Islam." He says, "The whole world is watching this war," and that it will end in "victory and glory or misery and humiliation." For al Qaeda, Iraq is not a distraction from their war on America -- it is the central battlefield where the outcome of this struggle will be decided.
Here is what al Qaeda says they will do if they succeed in driving us out of Iraq: The terrorist Zawahiri has said that al Qaeda will proceed with "several incremental goals. The first stage: Expel the Americans from Iraq. The second stage: Establish an Islamic authority or amirate, then develop it and support it until it achieves the level of Caliphate… The third stage: Extend the jihad wave to the secular countries neighboring Iraq. And the fourth stage: …the clash with Israel."
These evil men know that a fundamental threat to their aspirations is a democratic Iraq that can govern itself, sustain itself, and defend itself. They know that given a choice, the Iraqi people will never choose to live in the totalitarian state the extremists hope to establish. And that is why we must not, and we will not, give the enemy victory in Iraq by deserting the Iraqi people. (Applause.)
Last year, the terrorist Zarqawi declared in a message posted on the Internet that democracy "is the essence of infidelity and deviation from the right path." The Iraqi people disagree. Last December, nearly 12 million Iraqis from every ethnic and religious community turned out to vote in their country's third free election in less than a year. Iraq now has a unity government that represents Iraq's diverse population -- and al Qaeda's top commander in Iraq breathed his last breath. (Applause.)
Despite these strategic setbacks, the enemy will continue to fight freedom's advance in Iraq, because they understand the stakes in this war. Again, hear the words of bin Laden, in a message to the American people earlier this year. He says: "The war is for you or for us to win. If we win it, it means your defeat and disgrace forever."
Now, I know some of our country hear the terrorists' words, and hope that they will not, or cannot, do what they say. History teaches that underestimating the words of evil and ambitious men is a terrible mistake. In the early 1900s, an exiled lawyer in Europe published a pamphlet called "What Is To Be Done?" -- in which he laid out his plan to launch a communist revolution in Russia. The world did not heed Lenin's words, and paid a terrible price. The Soviet Empire he established killed tens of millions, and brought the world to the brink of thermonuclear war. In the 1920s, a failed Austrian painter published a book in which he explained his intention to build an Aryan super-state in Germany and take revenge on Europe and eradicate the Jews. The world ignored Hitler's words, and paid a terrible price. His Nazi regime killed millions in the gas chambers, and set the world aflame in war, before it was finally defeated at a terrible cost in lives.
Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. The question is: Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say? America and our coalition partners have made our choice. We're taking the words of the enemy seriously. We're on the offensive, and we will not rest, we will not retreat, and we will not withdraw from the fight, until this threat to civilization has been removed. (Applause.)
Five years into this struggle, it's important to take stock of what's been accomplished -- and the difficult work that remains. Al Qaeda has been weakened by our sustained offensive against them, and today it is harder for al Qaeda's leaders to operate freely, to move money, or to communicate with their operatives and facilitators. Yet al Qaeda remains dangerous and determined. Bin Laden and Zawahiri remain in hiding in remote regions of this world. Al Qaeda continues to adapt in the face of our global campaign against them. Increasingly, al Qaeda is taking advantage of the Internet to disseminate propaganda, and to conduct "virtual recruitment" and "virtual training" of new terrorists. Al Qaeda's leaders no longer need to meet face-to-face with their operatives. They can find new suicide bombers, and facilitate new terrorist attacks, without ever laying eyes on those they're training, financing, or sending to strike us.
As al Qaeda changes, the broader terrorist movement is also changing, becoming more dispersed and self-directed. More and more, we're facing threats from locally established terrorist cells that are inspired by al Qaeda's ideology and goals, but do not necessarily have direct links to al Qaeda, such as training and funding. Some of these groups are made up of "homegrown" terrorists, militant extremists who were born and educated in Western nations, were indoctrinated by radical Islamists or attracted to their ideology, and joined the violent extremist cause. These locally established cells appear to be responsible for a number of attacks and plots, including those in Madrid, and Canada, and other countries across the world.
As we continue to fight al Qaeda and these Sunni extremists inspired by their radical ideology, we also face the threat posed by Shia extremists, who are learning from al Qaeda, increasing their assertiveness, and stepping up their threats. Like the vast majority of Sunnis, the vast majority of Shia across the world reject the vision of extremists -- and in Iraq, millions of Shia have defied terrorist threats to vote in free elections, and have shown their desire to live in freedom. The Shia extremists want to deny them this right. This Shia strain of Islamic radicalism is just as dangerous, and just as hostile to America, and just as determined to establish its brand of hegemony across the broader Middle East. And the Shia extremists have achieved something that al Qaeda has so far failed to do: In 1979, they took control of a major power, the nation of Iran, subjugating its proud people to a regime of tyranny, and using that nation's resources to fund the spread of terror and pursue their radical agenda.
Like al Qaeda and the Sunni extremists, the Iranian regime has clear aims: They want to drive America out of the region, to destroy Israel, and to dominate the broader Middle East. To achieve these aims, they are funding and arming terrorist groups like Hezbollah, which allow them to attack Israel and America by proxy. Hezbollah, the source of the current instability in Lebanon, has killed more Americans than any terrorist organization except al Qaeda. Unlike al Qaeda, they've not yet attacked the American homeland. Yet they're directly responsible for the murder of hundreds of Americans abroad. It was Hezbollah that was behind the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut that killed 241 Americans. And Saudi Hezbollah was behind the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia that killed 19 Americans, an attack conducted by terrorists who we believe were working with Iranian officials.
Just as we must take the words of the Sunni extremists seriously, we must take the words of the Shia extremists seriously. Listen to the words of Hezbollah's leader, the terrorist Nasrallah, who has declared his hatred of America. He says, "Let the entire world hear me. Our hostility to the Great Satan [America] is absolute… Regardless of how the world has changed after 11 September, Death to America will remain our reverberating and powerful slogan: Death to America."
Iran's leaders, who back Hezbollah, have also declared their absolute hostility to America. Last October, Iran's President declared in a speech that some people ask -- in his words -- "whether a world without the United States and Zionism can be achieved… I say that this… goal is achievable." Less than three months ago, Iran's President declared to America and other Western powers: "open your eyes and see the fate of pharaoh… if you do not abandon the path of falsehood… your doomed destiny will be annihilation." Less than two months ago, he warned: "The anger of Muslims may reach an explosion point soon. If such a day comes… [America and the West] should know that the waves of the blast will not remain within the boundaries of our region." He also delivered this message to the American people: "If you would like to have good relations with the Iranian nation in the future… bow down before the greatness of the Iranian nation and surrender. If you don't accept [to do this], the Iranian nation will… force you to surrender and bow down."
America will not bow down to tyrants. (Applause.)
The Iranian regime and its terrorist proxies have demonstrated their willingness to kill Americans -- and now the Iranian regime is pursuing nuclear weapons. The world is working together to prevent Iran's regime from acquiring the tools of mass murder. The international community has made a reasonable proposal to Iran's leaders, and given them the opportunity to set their nation on a better course. So far, Iran's leaders have rejected this offer. Their choice is increasingly isolating the great Iranian nation from the international community, and denying the Iranian people an opportunity for greater economic prosperity. It's time for Iran's leader to make a different choice. And we've made our choice. We'll continue to work closely with our allies to find a diplomatic solution. The world's free nations will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. (Applause.)
The Shia and Sunni extremists represent different faces of the same threat. They draw inspiration from different sources, but both seek to impose a dark vision of violent Islamic radicalism across the Middle East. They oppose the advance of freedom, and they want to gain control of weapons of mass destruction. If they succeed in undermining fragile democracies, like Iraq, and drive the forces of freedom out of the region, they will have an open field to pursue their dangerous goals. Each strain of violent Islamic radicalism would be emboldened in their efforts to topple moderate governments and establish terrorist safe havens.
Imagine a world in which they were able to control governments, a world awash with oil and they would use oil resources to punish industrialized nations. And they would use those resources to fuel their radical agenda, and pursue and purchase weapons of mass murder. And armed with nuclear weapons, they would blackmail the free world, and spread their ideologies of hate, and raise a mortal threat to the American people. If we allow them to do this, if we retreat from Iraq, if we don't uphold our duty to support those who are desirous to live in liberty, 50 years from now history will look back on our time with unforgiving clarity, and demand to know why we did not act.
I'm not going to allow this to happen -- and no future American President can allow it either. America did not seek this global struggle, but we're answering history's call with confidence and a clear strategy. Today we're releasing a document called the "National Strategy for Combating Terrorism." This is an unclassified version of the strategy we've been pursuing since September the 11th, 2001. This strategy was first released in February 2003; it's been updated to take into account the changing nature of this enemy. This strategy document is posted on the White House website -- whitehouse.gov. And I urge all Americans to read it.
Our strategy for combating terrorism has five basic elements:
First, we're determined to prevent terrorist attacks before they occur. So we're taking the fight to the enemy. The best way to protect America is to stay on the offense. Since 9/11, our coalition has captured or killed al Qaeda managers and operatives, and scores of other terrorists across the world. The enemy is living under constant pressure, and we intend to keep it that way -- and this adds to our security. When terrorists spend their days working to avoid death or capture, it's harder for them to plan and execute new attacks.
We're also fighting the enemy here at home. We've given our law enforcement and intelligence professionals the tools they need to stop the terrorists in our midst. We passed the Patriot Act to break down the wall that prevented law enforcement and intelligence from sharing vital information. We created the Terrorist Surveillance Program to monitor the communications between al Qaeda commanders abroad and terrorist operatives within our borders. If al Qaeda is calling somebody in America, we need to know why, in order to stop attacks. (Applause.)
I want to thank these three Senators for working with us to give our law enforcement and intelligence officers the tools necessary to do their jobs. (Applause.) And over the last five years, federal, state, and local law enforcement have used those tools to break up terrorist cells, and to prosecute terrorist operatives and supporters in New York, and Oregon, and Virginia, and Texas, and New Jersey, and Illinois, Ohio, and other states. By taking the battle to the terrorists and their supporters on our own soil and across the world, we've stopped a number of al Qaeda plots.
Second, we're determined to deny weapons of mass destruction to outlaw regimes and terrorists who would use them without hesitation. Working with Great Britain and Pakistan and other nations, the United States shut down the world's most dangerous nuclear trading cartel, the AQ Khan network. This network had supplied Iran and Libya and North Korea with equipment and know-how that advanced their efforts to obtain nuclear weapons. And we launched the Proliferation Security Initiative, a coalition of more than 70 nations that is working together to stop shipments related to weapons of mass destruction on land, at sea, and in the air. The greatest threat this world faces is the danger of extremists and terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction -- and this is a threat America cannot defeat on her own. We applaud the determined efforts of many nations around the world to stop the spread of these dangerous weapons. Together, we pledge we'll continue to work together to stop the world's most dangerous men from getting their hands on the world's most dangerous weapons. (Applause.)
Third, we're determined to deny terrorists the support of outlaw regimes. After September the 11th, I laid out a clear doctrine: America makes no distinction between those who commit acts of terror, and those that harbor and support them, because they're equally guilty of murder. Thanks to our efforts, there are now three fewer state sponsors of terror in the world than there were on September the 11th, 2001. Afghanistan and Iraq have been transformed from terrorist states into allies in the war on terror. And the nation of Libya has renounced terrorism, and given up its weapons of mass destruction programs, and its nuclear materials and equipment. Over the past five years, we've acted to disrupt the flow of weapons and support from terrorist states to terrorist networks. And we have made clear that any government that chooses to be an ally of terror has also chosen to be an enemy of civilization. (Applause.)
Fourth, we're determined to deny terrorist networks control of any nation, or territory within a nation. So, along with our coalition and the Iraqi government, we'll stop the terrorists from taking control of Iraq, and establishing a new safe haven from which to attack America and the free world. And we're working with friends and allies to deny the terrorists the enclaves they seek to establish in ungoverned areas across the world. By helping governments reclaim full sovereign control over their territory, we make ourselves more secure.
Fifth, we're working to deny terrorists new recruits, by defeating their hateful ideology and spreading the hope of freedom -- by spreading the hope of freedom across the Middle East. For decades, American policy sought to achieve peace in the Middle East by pursuing stability at the expense of liberty. The lack of freedom in that region helped create conditions where anger and resentment grew, and radicalism thrived, and terrorists found willing recruits. And we saw the consequences on September the 11th, when the terrorists brought death and destruction to our country. The policy wasn't working.
The experience of September the 11th made clear, in the long run, the only way to secure our nation is to change the course of the Middle East. So America has committed its influence in the world to advancing freedom and liberty and democracy as the great alternatives to repression and radicalism. (Applause.) We're taking the side of democratic leaders and moderates and reformers across the Middle East. We strongly support the voices of tolerance and moderation in the Muslim world. We're standing with Afghanistan's elected government against al Qaeda and the Taliban remnants that are trying to restore tyranny in that country. We're standing with Lebanon's young democracy against the foreign forces that are seeking to undermine the country's sovereignty and independence. And we're standing with the leaders of Iraq's unity government as they work to defeat the enemies of freedom, and chart a more hopeful course for their people. This is why victory is so important in Iraq. By helping freedom succeed in Iraq, we will help America, and the Middle East, and the world become more secure.
During the last five years we've learned a lot about this enemy. We've learned that they're cunning and sophisticated. We've witnessed their ability to change their methods and their tactics with deadly speed -- even as their murderous obsessions remain unchanging. We've seen that it's the terrorists who have declared war on Muslims, slaughtering huge numbers of innocent Muslim men and women around the world.
We know what the terrorists believe, we know what they have done, and we know what they intend to do. And now the world's free nations must summon the will to meet this great challenge. The road ahead is going to be difficult, and it will require more sacrifice. Yet we can have confidence in the outcome, because we've seen freedom conquer tyranny and terror before. In the 20th century, free nations confronted and defeated Nazi Germany. During the Cold War, we confronted Soviet communism, and today Europe is whole, free and at peace.
And now, freedom is once again contending with the forces of darkness and tyranny. This time, the battle is unfolding in a new region -- the broader Middle East. This time, we're not waiting for our enemies to gather in strength. This time, we're confronting them before they gain the capacity to inflict unspeakable damage on the world, and we're confronting their hateful ideology before it fully takes root.
We see a day when people across the Middle East have governments that honor their dignity, and unleash their creativity, and count their votes. We see a day when across this region citizens are allowed to express themselves freely, women have full rights, and children are educated and given the tools necessary to succeed in life. And we see a day when all the nations of the Middle East are allies in the cause of peace.
We fight for this day, because the security of our own citizens depends on it. This is the great ideological struggle of the 21st century -- and it is the calling of our generation. All civilized nations are bound together in this struggle between moderation and extremism. By coming together, we will roll back this grave threat to our way of life. We will help the people of the Middle East claim their freedom, and we will leave a safer and more hopeful world for our children and grandchildren.
God bless. (Applause.)
Saturday, September 2, 2006
EU to Iran: We're sorry it had to come to this, but you leave us no choice but to set another deadline. And rest assured we've got many more with your name on them ... and we're not afraid to use them.
LAPPEENRANTA, Finland (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Saturday to try to clarify Iran's stance on halting uranium enrichment within two weeks and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan held talks in Tehran to try and settle the standoff.
Annan's visit to Iran takes place two days after the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reported Tehran had failed to meet the U.N. Security Council's August 31 deadline to suspend sensitive work.
The United States, which accuses Iran of seeking atomic bombs, said on Friday it was consulting European governments about possible sanctions against the Islamic Republic, but the EU signaled it wanted to see more dialogue with Tehran which says its atomic activity is aimed at producing power.
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana will meet Iran's chief nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, next week to try to clear up ambiguities in Tehran's reply to the major powers' offer of broad cooperation if it stops the nuclear work.
"If the meeting goes well and Iran accepts the philosophy of the cooperation project we presented to it in June, I think we will be able to start a more formal negotiation," French Sunday newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche quoted Solana as saying.
Slovenian Foreign Minister Dimitrij Rupel said after the 25 EU ministers discussed the Iranian issue in Finland on Saturday: "We give Solana two weeks for his clarification talks."
But Solana told reporters: "There's no deadline, whenever we finish ... We are going to start in the coming days and I hope that it will be very short. We don't need many meetings."
Endless deadlines, or no deadline: same effect.
Other EU ministers said Solana would report back to them in Brussels on September 15 and they had agreed not to take any action against Iran before then.
EU diplomats said the two-week timeline was determined largely by the fact that the bloc's 25 foreign ministers hold their next regular meeting on September 15, and the U.N. General Assembly convenes on September 19.
I have a prediction of my own.
This version of Egypt will soon be like the previous Egypt,...extinct.
Wars, events that will take place in course of 2007 will eventually lead to Israel's destruction, says Egyptian astrologer
Pack up and practice swimming to Cyprus: Israel will disappear in 17 years, an Egyptian astrologer predicted on Staurday.
Dr Sayyed Mohammad Ali, who predicted this week's death of Egyptian acclaimed writer Najib Mahfouz, is focusing his expertise on predicting the fall of the Jewish State, the Qatar-based newspaper al-Watan reported.
Dr. Ali, who successfully predicted the death of two prominent Egyptian artists, said Israel will launch a new war in by the end of 2007 and Lebanon will witness "regretful events."
He said he had predicted that in 2006 opposition to the United States will increase, and this is evident today in the coalition between Iran and Syria .
More terror attacks in UK, US
He also predicts a confrontation between Israel and Iran, which could take place as early as 2007.
Ali predicts a war in Iran and the Persian Gulf area, an assassination of an Arab leader and more terror attacks in Britain and the United States.
The newspaper said Ali also believes that in 2007 the British royal family will be jolted by a series of scandals.
According to Ali, during that year, China, Russia and India will back Syrian President Bashar Assad in his confrontation with the United States and the war and "Palestinian resistance to Israel" will increase.
The year 2007 will mark the beginning of the countdown for the destruction of Israel, a process that will last 17 years, he claimed.
What a meshuga schmuck.