Saturday, June 10, 2006

WOW…From a self-described Liberal nonetheless.

To the people who reacted angrily when I suggested that its actually the left that has demonstrated more bigotry and racism against middle easterners since 9/11, get a load of this guy who left this message on my previous post:

We need to decrease immigration from the Arab countries. That's the best way.

Heh. And I thought that Liberals were supposed to be the "enlightened" ones compared to us "xenophobic" and "racist" Tories.

But truth for the matter is such a decision would likely bring in more radicalization within the Muslim community in Canada and would not help Canada's message abroad of trying to help, not strangle, Arabs and Muslims in achieving a more secure and democratic life.

The best way to wipe out the threat of terrorists from Muslim Extremists is to change the very conditions in the Middle East that help breed their kind of philosophy. And there's no other way of achieving that other than a radical overhaul in the status-quo in the Middle East. That means pressure on the totalitarian leaders who who's interest it is to keep things the way they are in that region.
Contrary to what many people want you to believe that's easier said than done. It's not a problem that can be fixed in 5 or 10 short years, it might take a generation or more for the Middle East to finally rid itself of its self-destructing virus that's taking that region to the gutter. It’s a non-traditional war, a war that has to be won not only on the battle fields of Afghanistan or Iraq or even Palestine but in the minds of Muslims worldwide.

And winning the hearts and minds of people in the region doesn't just mean things like Foreign Aid, but rather a message. A message which states that the fundamentalist ideology held by some Muslims in the world cannot a widely accepted belief for the two-world to peacefully co-exist. That doesn't mean appeasing the hardliners by withdrawing from Afghanistan or Iraq, or cowering to the threats of the Iranian President.

An action like this tends to strengthen the resolve and dedication of the Jihadi fighters. To give you an example, I remember clearly a few days after the Israeli withdrawal from Southern Lebanon in 2000 listening to the Friday Sermon in my mosque.

What do you think the sermon was about? You think after Israel withdrew from its fighting from Lebanon the Imam's message was "The Jews have sent us an Olive Branch! Let’s put down our weapons and negotiate a proper way for co-existence among our people"? No effin way! It was very much "Jihad Works!! On to Jerusalem!"

And that's where were stuck, we either carry on fighting in those hotspots, ridding as much Jihadists as we can along the way, while helping democratic and enlightened reform to take hold that will help diminish the amount of future Jihadis taking shape WHILE taking losses. OR…we can withdraw, strengthen their resolve and deal with a much worse and dedicated Islamist threat 5 or 10 years down the line.

The choice is that clear.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

I can't seem to get away from these people

Not in Saudi, not in the UAE, not in Jordan, and not even in Canada:

In a sweeping raid, police arrested at least a dozen men in the Toronto area on terrorism-related charges Friday night, the RCMP announced.
Intelligence sources allege the men were part of a terrorist cell, close to carrying out attacks on one or more Canadian targets.
Police seized chemicals used to make explosives and weapons.
"That's the tool of choice for anybody who wants to cause damage," a source who asked not to be named told The Canadian Press.
The suspects are either second-generation Canadians or recently immigrated to Canada with their families.
Sources claimed the men have no connection to al Qaeda, but were allegedly inspired by militant Islamic groups.
The arrests were made in co-operation with the Integrated National Security Enforcement Team, Cpl. Michele Paradis, a spokeswoman for the RCMP said in a release.
The operation involved at least four police forces, CSIS and the RCMP.
Undercover officers made the arrests, which were all carried out in the Greater Toronto Area.
"The investigation is ongoing," Paradis said Friday night.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was made aware of the raid but did not comment. A spokesperson said Harper did not want to impede the operation as it unfolds.
The arrested suspects were reportedly being held in a police station in Pickering, a northeast suburb of Toronto.
Heavily-armed police officers kept guard outside the building Friday.
According to The Toronto Star, CSIS has monitored the suspects since 2004, while the RCMP began its investigation last year.
Sources discounted earlier reports that the CN Tower and the city's subway system were allegedly potential targets by the group.

Stephen Taylor has the names of those arrested:

Arrested and charged with offences under the Criminal Code of Canada are:

1. Fahim Ahmad, 21, of Robinstone Drive, Toronto, Ontario;
2. Zakaria Amara, 20, of Periwinkle Crescent, Mississauga, Ontario;
3. Asad Ansari, 21, of Rosehurst Drive, Mississauga, Ontario;
4. Shareef Abdelhaleen, 30, of Lowville Heights, Mississauga, Ontario;
5. Qayyum Abdul Jamal, 43, of Montevideo Road, Mississauga, Ontario;
6. Mohammed Dirie, 22, Kingston, Ontario;
7. Yasim Abdi Mohamed, 24, Kingston, Ontario;
8. Jahmaal James, 23, of Trudelle Street, Toronto, Ontario;
9. Amin Mohamed Durrani, 19, of Stonehill Court, Toronto, Ontario;
10. Steven Vikash Chand alias Abdul Shakur, 25, of Treverton Drive, Toronto, Ontario;
11. Ahmad Mustafa Ghany, 21, of Robin Drive, Mississauga, Ontario;
12. Saad Khalid, 19, of Eclipse Avenue, Mississauga, Ontario

Along with a bone-chilling poem by one of the alleged terrorists Zakaria Amara:

Soon I'll return to my lord , the one that deserves every grace
Oh you don't have to worry cause of me you'll find no trace
It really is to late, why did you wait?
You could have sent me at least one dinner plate
I guess it is my fate
And La Ilaha Illa Allah is my mate. (translation: "I shall worship no God but Allah". This is usually the verse suicide bombers yell out before detonating their bombs).


Friday, June 02, 2006

Europe’s new found immigration rational too-little too-late.

I freakin love the Sandmonkey’s response to the Austrian Interior Minister’s comment on how Muslim immigrants to Europe are “unintegratable” after years and years of Multi Culti worship excercised by his country.

Check it out:

Dude, you can't call them unintegratable when you never tried to integrate them. They are not assimilated because you never tried to assimilate them in the freakin first place. You felt guilty about being european and having different cultural values, so you told them they can have their own ghettos, their own schools and patted yourself on the back for your enlightend toelrant views. Now look where it got you! And what do u do? Do you attempt to fix the problem the right way? By forcing assimilation? By ending your stupid multiculturalism policy? Nooo. You just want to get rid of those who proved that it failed. Yeah, get rid of the evidence that there is a problem. Much easier than fixing it!

Fu*k yeah!

To Canadian readers:
Do the bold lines remind you of anyone?

This explains things a bit

Ever wonder why those on the left become a bunch of pricks when debated?

Leftism, and liberalism, and progressivism, and etc-ism. are not merely simple politics for most of these people. Their politics to them are a core part of their identity, and, more importantly, a central support propping up their egos. They are enlightened because they believe these things; someone who does not believe these things, and yet who, superficially at least, appears to be about as smart as they might be, represents a threat to their egos. The foundation upon which a crucial structure of their sense of self-worth is undermined if they discover that there may be people who can pass as normal and intelligent and yet do not believe as they do.
If one is smart, then one believes in progressivism.
If one believes in progressivism, then one is smart.
Those are the two assumptions that prop up their sense of self worth, and they are refuted by examples of smart people who don't believe in progressivism.
And because there is a great deal of personal psychological investment in progressivism, they react intemperately to rejections of it. It's not merely a tax cut that's being debated; it's they're very sense of importance that's being attacked. It's not merely gay marriage which is being argued against; it's their value as human beings that is being uncouthly denigrated.
This tends to make the left more emotional and, well, angry when debating issues. It's all well and good to discuss a purely theoretical issue. But when you have a strong emotional investment in it -- when you have skin in the game, as it were -- it becomes not an academic debate but a heated argument.

H/T Hugh Hewitt

Question mark on the Haditha massacre:

In the Arab World whenever a military operation that ends up with mass civilian casualties, you’ll never hear the end of it. They’re would be marches, angry callers who voice their opinions about the Great Satan to live Al Jazeera programs, front-page world war 3 type headlines in government controlled newspapers, angry marches fom Morocco all the way to Oman. So you would think that after the Haditha massacre they’re would be a similar reaction, especially when we consider the details of the killings.

However, it was something that was never brought up even in city council meetings:

Kimber said he heard nothing about a civilian massacre during city council meetings and talks with local leaders.
"It would have been huge, there would have been no question it would have filtered down to us," he said. "We reported no significant atmospheric change as a result of that day."

Something’s fishy in this case. Especially when we consider that an embedded journalist who was stationed with the accused Marines has a contradicting storey which could very well clear the accused Marines.