Islamic terror reaches grim milestone

You may have noticed the counter in the left sidebar with the running total of terror attacks reaching 19,999 since 9-11. The most recent update from Thereligionofpeace.com reports that the grim milestone of 20,000 attacks has been reached.

On a week in which two suicide bombers slaughtered over 54 Christian and Druze (above photo) and Sunni extremists  massacred nearly 100 Shiites in Iraq, TROP recorded our 20,000th Islamic terror attack since 9/11.  It happened to be the stabbing and dismemberment of a Jewish woman in her Iranian home by religious radicals intent on expanding a mosque.

Allah’s Apostle said, “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. “O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”
(Sahih Bukhari 52:177)

“Killing Jews is worship that draws us closer to Allah.”
CAIR-supported Hamas

Thanks to TROP for keeping us informed of these politically incorrect and often ignored facts.

Weekly Jihad Report
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23

 Jihad Attacks: 39
 Allahu Akbars*: 6
 Dead Bodies: 126
 Critically Injured: 450

It’s not islamophobia, it’s islamorealism

“And when I look at what’s happening in Libya, this big song and dance, whether this was a terrorist attack or a protest, and you just want to scream for god’s sake, are you kidding me, the last time we were attacked like this was the USS Cole which was a prelude … to 9/11. And you’re sending FBI to investigate. I hope you’re sending in your best clandestine warriors who will go in to exact revenge and let the world know that the United States will not be attacked on its own soil, that its ambassadors will not be murdered and that the United States will not do nothing about it.”  Lara Logan, CBS 60 Minutes, keynoting the 2012 BGA Annual Luncheon.

 

 

19 minutes, well worth your time.  h/t  Daniel Greenfield.

Afghanistan: Time to go

Michael Yon has some interesting comments regarding the war in Afghanistan …

It is clear that this war will end poorly.  Time to cut losses.

Our continued losses in Afghanistan are for nothing.  We should continue with a smaller presence to harass and kill terrorists, and losses from that are expected and part of the fight.  But the ongoing larger war is going nowhere.  We have been there since 2001.  This is 2012.  There is no vaguely discernible end.  We should look at Afghanistan as a century-long project, to be put on a far backburner.  The United States has problems to deal with at home.

read it all

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Ghazali: “I am a terrorist, life for me has ended”

So said suicide bomber, Medi Ghazali, quoted in a Swedish newspaper, according to Wikileaks

The Balkan bomber, responsible for blowing up a busful of Israeli tourists was identified as a 36 year old muslim with extensive terrorist ties..

Ghezali’s rap sheet includes:

— Arrested for theft, Bank robbery, served 10 months and was returned to Sweden.

—  Captured as part of 156 al qaedans fleeing Tora Bora.

—  Detained at Club Gitmo from 2002 –04

—  Attended  madrassa of militant cleric Omar Bakri in London.

— Traveled to Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, where he was captured.

— Repatriated to and released from Sweden

— Prison uprising in Pakistan 2007

— Recaptured trying to re-enter Afghanistan 2009.

— Suicide bombing in Burgas, Bulgaria, 2012.

 

More at Times of Israel

France declares WAR on alQaeda

from Breitbart:

PARIS (AP) – France has declared war on al-Qaida, and matched its fighting words with a first attack on a base camp of the terror network’s North African branch, after the terror network killed a French aid worker it took hostage in April.

The declaration and attack marked a shift in strategy for France, usually discrete about its behind-the-scenes battle against terrorism.

“We are at war with al-Qaida,” Prime Minister Francois Fillon said Tuesday, a day after President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the death of 78-year-old hostage Michel Germaneau.

President Sarkozy has his moments. Vive!

William Ayers and the Times Square Jihadi

I wonder if Billy Ayers is willing to apply his same definition of terrorism to the Times Square wannabe bomber..

William Ayers says his organization, the Weather Underground, was not a terrorist organization because they never “killed people.”

Neither did the Times Square Jihadi. Or the Detroit Underwear Bomber… or even Richard Reid, for that matter..

Link to Video here

Obama declines Iran offer of alQaeda members

In a move reminiscent of Bill Clinton’s refusal to negotiate a deal for the extradition of Osama bin Laden in 1996, the Obama Administrtation has just recently declined to accept an offer from Iran of several alQaeda members, including some on the FBI’s “Most Wanted Terrorists” list.

Kenneth Timmerman reports at Newsmax.com

“Hillary Clinton is very much against these negotiations,” another source familiar with the U.S.-Iran talks told Newsmax.

“In Tehran, they don’t understand this,” said a third source who recently returned from Iran after discussing the Iranian and American proposals. “When the ruling factions actually agree on a policy, they put the whole government apparatus behind it.”

Tehran now believes that the al-Qaida operatives it is sheltering in Iran have become a liability. Some, such as al-Qaida military chief Saif al-Adel and Ahmed Mughassil, who has been indicted for the 1996 bombing of a U.S. military barracks in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, figure on the FBI’s Most Wanted List of terrorists and have American blood on their hands.

Timmerman says that the State Department is still getting up to speed, so in a sense, the offer may have been premature. But the fact that Obama has plunged ahead with a policy which includes closing Guantanamo and releasing detainees, possibly even into the US, ignores the reality that the war on terror continues, regardless of what the new Administration calls it.

“If you’re talking about individuals against whom there are no criminal charges, then it gets complicated,” former CIA Director R. James Woolsey told Newsmax. “If you close down Gitmo, where are you going to keep them?”

Woolsey said he could see no reason why the Obama administration wouldn’t take terrorists who are facing U.S. criminal charges. “To me, it would be extremely unwise not to take them out of circulation.”

Unwise is one way to describe it.

Reckless is another.

Also: Be sure to read Andrew McCarthy’s letter to Eric Holder at NRI “Must Read”

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Rove: One year from now, Gitmo won’t be closed

Karl Rove gave a no-holds barred defense of the Bush Administration to a capacity crowd at Storer Auditorium at the University of Miami Thursday afternoon.  Here is an excerpt …

The “campaign architect,” as he is commonly called, built a case against President Barack Obama’s order to close Guantanamo, an overseas CIA detention center where terrorists and other “enemy combatants” are held. Obama’s order could enable terrorists to be tried in U.S. courts, to be given undeserved rights afforded American citizens and could cause damaging long-term effects, Rove said.

“One year from now, Gitmo won’t be closed,” Rove said. “If it is, there will be an uproar in the U.S. about where to put these people.”

Dang straight.

h/t politico

Obama’s first mistake

In a post I wrote on election night, I said that “a part of me desperately wants to believe that Obama will be [a] breath of fresh air….[but] I remain profoundly afraid that he’s just not ready for the job.”   I didn’t vote for him, but I hoped that I was wrong about him not being ready, while fearing that I was right.  Today I got my first inkling that I might have been right.

In a front page story written by Joseph Williams and Bryan Bender which appeared in today’s Boston Globe, it was reported how President Obama is apparently ready to sign an executive order suspending trials at Guantanamo Bay, including the trials of the five suspected terrorists who allegedly masterminded the 9/11 attacks, as well as closing the facility altogether in a year’s time.  This is not surprising in itself; he said he would do that when he was running for office.

But here’s the sentence that froze the blood in my veins:  “Longtime advisers on the issue said Obama would probably establish a team to conduct a case-by-case review of the evidence against all 245 detainees remaining at the prison with the aim of sending as many as possible back home” (emphasis mine).

Sending “as many as possible back home”?  As in: let them go free?  Can someone please tell me why this would be a good idea?  The people held prisoner in Gitmo aren’t there because of overdue parking tickets, right?

Look, by all means review the cases as expeditiously as possible.  One can certainly argue that this should have been done already.  If you have evidence against them, try them.  If you don’t, release them.  That’s how our system of justice is supposed to work.  And admittedly, Gitmo has not always worked very well.

But it’s the “aim of sending as many as possible back home” part that’s really scaring me here.  My immediate problem with this is that the 245 are there because they are suspected al-Qaeda, Taliban or other foreign fighters who pose a threat to the United States.  This means it’s a safe bet that they hate America.  I think it’s also a safe bet that the years spent at Gitmo haven’t done much to change that.  So what do you suppose these guys are going to do upon their release?   Well, here’s a wild guess:  they’re probably going to engage in more terrorist activities.

Now I suppose it’s possible that the Globe reporters have somehow gotten it wrong.  There is also talk of relocating these prisoners to Kansas and or Pennsylvania.   This raises another thorny issue:  if we close Gitmo, where do we put them? It seems like nobody wants these guys.

All this really amounts to is a symbolic gesture from Obama (see, world? that bad man George Bush is gone!  It’s OK to like America again!)  Unfortunately, foreign policy isn’t about being liked, it’s about being respected, even feared.  People don’t attack you if they’re afraid of you.  If you have any doubt of that, ask yourself this: when was the last time Russia or China was attacked by terrorists (or anyone else, for that matter)?

I know this all sounds rather bellicose, but that’s just how it is.  Sure, the Bush administration cut corners and was ham fisted in some of its approaches, but stop to consider the difficulty of the job they had.  It would be nice if terrorists would all go around wearing Osama bin Laden t-shirts, but unfortunately, it just doesn’t work that way.  The terrorist’s stock in trade is secrecy.  Piercing that veil often takes extraordinary measures.  While you might not have liked the CIA’s tactics, you can’t argue with the results: there have been no terrorist attacks on American soil since 9/11.

This is usually the part where the hand wringers start whining about “torture”, which I always find ironic, given the amount of suffering the victims of the 9/11 attacks must have gone through before they died.  Come to think of it, what is the score on that account?  Let’s see, that would be: People Who Died on 9/11–2,985 vs. People Who Have Died at Gitmo: 0.

Yes, torture, in this case water boarding, isn’t very nice.  But last time I checked, neither is blowing up buildings and killing innocent people.  It amazes and disgusts me that some in this country have more sympathy for terrorists than for their victims.

In a nutshell:  if you have information about past or (more importantly) pending terrorist activities, I want our government to get that information out of you, by any means necessary.  Now since I’m basically a softie, I’m all in favor of giving you the chance to volunteer this information, well, voluntarily.  But if it turns out that the only reason you’re giving up this information is because it’s the only way you can think of to stop the pain, I’m fine with that.  Almost 3,000 people (maybe more) died on 9/11.  If subjecting you to some temporary discomfort will prevent that from happening again, then so be it.

Obama is off to a bad start with this one.  If he closes Guantanamo, he has made the world a more dangerous place for all of us.

-Smith

Inside 9/11

National Geographic’s powerful “Inside 9/11” presented for your viewing and bookmarking pleasure……

Although it originally aired almost three years ago, it remains one of the better documentaries on the expansionist mufsidin war on western civilization.

See also, the late Catherine Seipp’s review in NRO

Episode 1: War on America (1 hr 44 min)

Episode 2: Zero Hour (1 hr 45 min)

Epilogue (43 min)

My Personal ‘Iraqi Freedom’ Hero Is Coming Home!

My friend Omar emailed me a few days ago, and this is what he had to say:

Dear (n2l) Hi,
How are you my friend and how is every body down there in big D, I’m doing well, I just came back from my last mission, and I’m working to do some paper work and head back home, I should be back in Dallas by mid April.
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I just finished my five years in Iraq, and it is time for me to take a long leave, do some thing El’s(sp=else), and see my old friends so be ready for me and I want to learn how to capture a fish and drink beer at same time, I will give you a call when I get back.

Omar and I have known each other for about fifteen years. Born and raised in the Kurdish city of Erbil, he had to flee Iraq as a young man, as he refused the order to enlist in Saddam’s Army; a death sentence was the response for refusing. Leaving his beloved Kurdistan, and his remaining family behind, he first went to Germany, then finally to the U.S. As you can imagine, it was a difficult transition, with only some acquaintances to help, as he had to learn the language, the culture, and acquire a job. He overcame all those obstacles, and despite his achievements, he often confided in me with a far away look in his eyes, how his heart ached to be back in the mountains of Kurdistan, to live a simple life in his own country, without fear of being murdered by a murderous tyrant.
After the events of 11 Sep 01, the response to the Taliban and Al Qaida in Afghanistan, and Saddam’s continued recalcitrance in complying with the UN and it’s member nations, the new approach by President Bush of “preemption” was welcomed by many of us, instead of the repeated terrorist attacks of previous years, with no response at all. As President Bush began pushing the UN to disprove what we all knew, that it was an irrelevant debating society, and he began to make the case for forcing Saddam to comply with the UN, or face removal, we could all feel the telegraphing of a round house punch. Omar and I, along with some of our friends, would discuss the situation, and we all agreed that Saddam would never capitulate, and he would rather see his entire country destroyed, than give in to the demands of the UN or it’s member nations. The stage was set, the lights were on, and we all knew what acts would follow, before the “full figured” woman wearing the Viking helmet would sing. As the run-up to the re-invasion of Iraq gained momentum, and our Armed Forces began deploying to Kuwait, and various other countries, in anticipation of the conflict, Omar became more excited, and often would comment on how much he wished he could be involved in helping liberate Iraq from Saddam, and his sadistic regime.
One day, he informed me that the State Department was accepting applications for those fluent in Arabic, that might qualify for positions as interpreters with our Armed Forces, and that he was applying. A little time went by, and he was called in for an interview, and when I next saw him, he was very dejected, as he believed he had done very poorly in the interview. He was down, and inconsolable, despite my repeated attempts to reassure him that he didn’t know that for certain. About another week, or longer, went by and I received a phone call from Omar on a Monday morning, and he excitedly asked me where I was, that he wanted to make certain he saw me before he left for Washington on Wednesday morning. I was shocked and thrilled for him, his wish had come true, and he indeed would be a part of ridding Iraq, and the world, of the “Butcher of Baghdad.” I told him that I had appointments all day, and on Tuesday, that regardless, I would definitely, most assuredly, and without a doubt, see him before he flew out of DFW International. It took until a few hours before his flight, but I got to see Omar off at DFW, and he was vibrating with excitement, he looked ten years younger, he had a fresh haircut, his shoes were shined, his slacks were freshly pressed, and he had on a new sport shirt. He looked marvelous! With much emotion, we embraced, and I told him to keep his head down, and to watch his “six” at all times, and also that I was so very proud of him for what he was doing.
On 8 Apr 03, Omar was in his hometown of Erbil for it’s liberation, one day before Baghdad fell. He had been attached to the Joint Special Forces Task Force-North, and when he came home for two weeks leave in ’04, it was great to see him, and he proudly showed me the letters of commendation he had received from his squad leader and unit commander.
Over the course of the next four years, he has been able to come home briefly on leave, once for medical reasons, related to heat stroke he suffered, due to the 125 degree heat, body armor, and other gear, and he has been wounded twice from IED blasts, but he has continued to go on patrols and raids, for all these five years. He has been involved in capturing foreign fighters, the “Surge” in Baghdad, and most recently, in the various Ops in Diyala province, trying to rid the area of Al Qaida, as well as stemming the flow of weapons from Iran.
Omar is not a young man, he is closer to sixty than he is to twenty, yet the physical and psychological demands asked of him, he was able to meet, as an American citizen “terp” was always in demand by our Forces, as they were considered more trustworthy than a local national.
I look forward to having my good friend come home safely and whole, to be reunited with his family and friends, and to live a life in peace, that includes the knowledge of having his wishes for so many years come true, and of a job very well done.
Omar, it is no longer HOKAHEY…it’s a good day to die!
For you my friend, in the words of Chief Joseph:

From where the sun now stands I will fight no more forever.

See you soon Omar, and just for the record, it is “catching” fish.

The Tuesday Open Thread

First up, a cool video from the Military Channel, comparing Mark46/Mark 48 machine guns.

(w00t!)

Next is a piece from Christopher Hitchens, describing the argument from the Left — it’s apples and oranges —

Iraq: Worth the Price

Think how many candy-canes and vacations I could have if it were not for the space program, or the cost of carrier-groups or special forces or — I don’t know — Black Hawk helicopters. (If you think I am being unkind or frivolous, see if you can detect the thread of reasoning that connects Iraq expenditures with the crisis in the mortgage system.) There are days when I think that the money raised by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama might have been better spent on the alleviation of poverty, but I can still tell an apple from an orange and am not hopelessly stuck on the zero-sum fixation. Once again, the economic “experts” turn out to know the price of some things but not the value of anything.

Time to start moving dirt…. the Toyota deal is bringing the beginnings of a boom in north Mississippi

Auto parts maker Vuteq USA plans to build a $31 million plant in New Albany to supply molded plastic pieces and other components for Toyota’s assembly plant in Blue Springs.Vuteq, a Japanese company with seven facilities in North America, will hire 130 people to work at the New Albany plant and up to 500 to prepare parts kits at the Toyota plant.

Vuteq’s building will be the first in the Martintown Industrial Park, open land Union County bought with Toyota suppliers in mind.

Primary day in the Magnolia State … Beagle Scout who lives down on the coast in MS 1st district, is calling for voters to cross over and vote for Hillary. I live in the 3rd, and I won’t be crossing over. We’ve got a pretty good selection of hopefuls vying for the Pickering seat. The Club for Growth jumped in and endorsed Charlie Ross, to which I say, “forget Charlie Ross.” I’m pulling for David Landrum. So is Mrs. Nuke. Sure hope he makes the runoff.

U.S. House, 3rd District. For the Democratic nomination, Randall Eads of Starkville will meet Joel Gill of Pickens. On the Republican side, voters will choose between Gregg Harper of Pearl, Charlie Ross of Brandon, David Landrum of Madison County, John Rounsaville of Madison, Bill Marcy of Meridian, Gregory Hatcher of Meridian and the Rev. James Broadwater of Flowood.

So what’s going on in your neck of the woods?

Coalition rolls up 100-woman suicide cell in raid of Iraq safe house

BAGHDAD — Iraq has captured an Al Qaida-aligned cell that recruited and deployed women for suicide operations.On March 1, Iraqi and U.S. troops raided a suspected Al Qaida safe house in Al Makhesa, in northeastern Diyala. Officials said scores of suspected women operatives recruited as suicide bombers were arrested.The women suicide cell was said to have consisted of 100 operatives.

Officials said Al Qaida has increased its use of women for suicide operations.

The women cell was said to have operated in the Diyala province. Officials said some of the women were recruited by their husbands for suicide operations against Iraqi and U.S. forces.

U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus reported a slight increase in suicide-vest attacks in Iraq. He said the suicide vests were being handed to women, regarded as being more capable of reaching their targets than car bombs.

Good grief.

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The judgement to lead

I liveblogged the Democrat debate in Ohio two weeks ago, but several statements from the previous debate in Austin, especially some comments by Sen. Obama, have stuck in my mind, kind of like an annoying jingle that just won’t go away. This is from the transcript, (source CNN)

…the question is, on the critical issues that we face right now, who’s going to show the judgment to lead? And I think that on every critical issue that we’ve seen in foreign policy over the last several years — going into Iraq originally, I didn’t just oppose it for the sake of opposing it.

I said this is going to distract us from Afghanistan; this is going to fan the flames of anti-American sentiment; it’s going to cost us billions of dollars and thousands of lives and overstretch our military. And I was right.

Obama went on to say, I was right several more times, especially regarding the war in Iraq, which he called “the most important foreign policy issue of our generation.

In March of 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom was begun after a year of military buildup, and many UN speeches and Security Council resolutions, all of which was met with defiance by Saddam H.

Shortly thereafter, Libya initiated a dialog when it requested Britain to broker talks with the US on WMDs. A US-led naval operation in October 2003 interdicted a shipment of uranium-enrichment components bound for Libya, resulting in the seizure of thousands of uranium centrifuge parts. This seizure prompted Libya to make its pledge to dismantle weapons of mass destruction. Libya allowed US inspectors to visit weapons sites, which were more advanced than Washington previously thought.

Without the aggressive use of force in Iraq in 2003, we would now be facing a nuclear armed Libya.

afghanistan2.jpgOn Afghanistan and Pakistan, Obama said… “I’ve said very clearly that we have put all our eggs in the Musharraf basket. That was a mistake. We should be going after al Qaeda and making sure that Pakistan is serious about hunting down terrorists, as well as expanding democracy.

And I was right about that.

On the issues that have come up that a commander in chief is going to have to make decisions on, I have shown the judgment to lead.

I’m not sure where Obama would have staged the military buildup for an Afghan campaign. Pakistan was not our ally at the time. Musharraf was the only player in the theater. After the naval seizure of the Libyan nuclear shipment, and responding to mounting US pressure, Musharraf began two months of investigations which concluded that two of Pakistan’s top nuclear scientists, A.Q. Khan and Mohammed Farooq had supplied sensitive technology to Iran and Libya and North Korea through a black market based in Dubai.

Without the aggressive use of force in Iraq in 2003, the A.Q. Khan network would have continued supplying nuclear weapons technology to our enemies.

And, without the aggressive use of force in 2003, Saddam H. would have continued to defy UN sanctions, continued to pursue WMDs, continued to reward Palestinian suicide bombers, continued to fire on coalition aircraft which were patrolling the “no-fly” zone, etc, etc, etc.

And yet, Senator Obama claims to be “right” on the most important foreign policy issue of this generation.

I know it is unrealistic to expect the media to draw him out this, but if the Republicans fail to do so, then they deserve to lose this election.

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(thank you to the excellent resource globalsecurity.org )

More Americans See Progress In Iraq! Pew Research Poll Finds!

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If you have some time to read this extensive survey, it is very informative. I recommend taking a latrine break, pouring a fresh cup of…whatever, and getting comfortable, as it is highly detailed, if you click on each and every line of the report titled, “Obama Has The Lead, But Potential Problems Too (Increasing Optimism About Iraq).” The graph above is from Section 5: Iraq, Afghanistan and Terrorism, and was the page that really focused in on the gains in the American perception of positive gains.
Briefly, here are some numbers.
Most Americans now believe the war in Iraq will succeed, that Republicans, Democrats and Independents all see signs of progress in the effort, and that only 14 percent of those polled want an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.
The number of Americans who say the military effort is going very or fairly well is much higher now than a year ago, 48 percent versus 30 percent in February 2007.
The poll shows those who believe the military effort is going well and those who don’t is tied at 48-48. In February 07, two-thirds of poll respondents said the effort was not going well, 67-30.
In this poll, 49 percent now say the United States is making progress in defeating insurgents, while just 35 percent say it is losing ground. And for the first time since fall 2006, a majority, 49 percent, believe the MNF coalition is making advances in the key objective of establishing democracy in Iraq, while 40 percent disagree.

It isn’t entirely rosy, but is an indicator from a year ago how much attitudes have shifted, when the surge had just begun,  U.S. casualties were very high,  the Chicken-Hearts in Congress were claiming the war in Iraq is lost, and the surge won’t work. This is also despite the persistent negative coverage of the conflict by the Lame Stream media, and it’s ignoring any positive news.

Like I said, it is very informative, it even includes it’s sample size and methodology, and is well worth a look see.

“There is no jihadi terrorism in Islam”

Mark Trevelyan, Security Correspondent for Reuters, writes an interesting piece on the lack of specificity of language in combating terrorism. From the standpoint of mis-identifying the enemy from the get-go, Trevelyan is correct.

But, by allowing themselves to be intimidated by apologists for Islamic supremacists who supposedly “take offense” at any reference to the religion which encourages and supports murder, martyrs, and dying for their god, Reuters and other MSM outlets are abetting those very individuals and organizations who would like nothing better than to see the death and destruction of western civilization.

At a major conference on terrorism in Brussels this week, for example, debate on how to tackle al Qaeda was punctuated by repeated arguments over the terms “jihad” and “jihadist”.

Frequently used by al Qaeda itself and by counter-terrorism specialists and in the media to denote “holy war” against the West, the word jihad signifies for most Muslims a spiritual struggle.

“You can struggle for elimination of poverty, you can struggle for education … you can struggle for something very, very positive in life,” said General Ehsan Ul Haq, former chairman of Pakistan’s joint chiefs of staff.

Now to call jihadists as terrorists is either reflective of …lack of understanding of Islam, or it is I must say an intended misuse, which again is unfortunate,” he added. “It might have been somewhat excusable in the trauma post-9/11 but I don’t think it is any more.”

Sheikh Mohammed Mohammed Ali, an Iraqi scholar, told delegates at the annual conference of the EastWest Institute think-tank: “Jihad is the struggle against all evil things in your soul…There is no jihadi terrorism in Islam.”

Wrapping Islamic terrorism in political correctness is just another example of the great struggle that our Republic faces:  the convergence of radical leftism with Islamic terrorism.

Winning in Iraq

One of the great pleasures I have found while hanging out at Free Republic has been reading some of the outstanding investigative pieces from contributors like Fedora, Hal 9000, Doug from Upland, and jveritas.

Jveritas translated a number of Saddam’s secret papers that were published on the internet by the Defense Department.  His insight is unique, and his patriotism is unquestioned.  This one, just posted by jveritas, tells the story of the War in Iraq, as translated from an internet forum …

In a very surprising thread posted tonight on Ekhlaas terrorist forum, the largest terrorist forum on the internet, the author of the thread was calling for urgent help to the terrorists in Iraq. He said that the last bastion controlled by the terrorists in Baghdad has fell in the hands of the US and Iraqi forces. He described the situation in Iraq as very dangerous and very difficult. He said that weapons are few but men are even fewer.

This thread on Ekhlaas terrorist forum is a very surprising admission of defeat and confirms without any doubt that they are running out of terrorists males in particular the foreign non Iraqi terrorists who used to conduct massive suicide terrorist attacks. Today we saw the terrorists using two mentally retarded women to unwillingly conduct terrorist attacks in Baghdad market by detonating them from a distance. Just six months ago the terrorists were saying that they must never use women in “Jihad”, in the last few weeks we have seen more suicide terrorist attacks conducted by women and now we are seeing them using mentally handicapped women to do their evil deeds.

In December 2007, I posted a thread on Free Republic about a speech by Al Qaeda spokesman in Iraq admitting that no more than two hundreds foreign terrorists were left in Iraq Al Qaeda Confession: Only 200 Foreign Terrorists are left in Iraq . His statement caused a lot of angst among the terrorists forum, but it now appears that surprisingly his admission was truthful.

We are winning this war against Al Qaeda in Iraq and we are winning it big. The terrorists have been utterly defeated and driven out of Anbar, Baghdad, and Diyala. Their remaining and defeated forces fled to Northern Iraq, and to the City of Mosul in particular where the Iraqi and US troops are going to conduct an eminent decisive attack against them.

God bless our brave troops.

PS: Ekhlaas terrorist forum is a password protected so even if I give the link to the thread you will not be able to access it until your register and wait for activation of your account. The Ekhlaas terrorist forum is hosted by an Internet Service Provider called Hivelcoity.net/NOC4 Hosts located in Tampa Florida

Thank you jveritas.  I appreciate your invaluable work.

Ask alqaida

Al-Qaida’s media arm, Al-Sahab, announced in December that al-Zawahri would take questions from the public posted on Islamic militant Web sites and would respond “as soon as possible.” Link

“When we will see the men of al-Qaida waging holy war in Palestine? Because frankly our situation has become very bad,” writes one, with the username “Seeking the Path.”

As for al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia, he asks, “are there efforts to revive jihadi action there after the blows that hurt us?”

Another, signed “Osama the Lion,” asks: “Why doesn’t al-Qaida open a front in Egypt, where there are wide opportunities and fertile ground for drawing in mujahedeen?”

Another, called “Knight of Islam,” asks, “We are awaiting a strike against American soil. Why has that not been done? Why are the Jews in the world not struck?”

“What do you expect from us? Should we follow the instruction of the mother organization to target the ‘far enemy’ — the Zionist-Crusader (America) — or do we focus our efforts on the apostate regime (Algeria)? Or do you advise a middle path of striking both enemies?” he asks.

Another, signed “Alfirati60,” says he is a Syrian who joined al-Qaida in Iraq before its leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in 2006. The writer complains bitterly about al-Qaida’s decision to form an umbrella group with other Iraqi insurgents known as “The Islamic State of Iraq.”

“Things got worse after the organization joined the Islamic State, when Iraqis took over all the issues,” he writes. The Iraqis care “only about liberating Iraq not about establishing God’s law,” an apparent reference to the al-Qaida goal of a single Islamic state.

“Indeed, they neglected many of the (non-Iraqi) brothers since they care only about the safety of Iraqis and Iraq.”

“So I ask you, our sheik, is this just?” he writes. “There are many, many violations of Sharia Islamic law that those (Iraqis) who join the Islamic State commit, like failing to kill spies or apostates” — those who work with Americans — “because they are Iraqis.”

He writes that he left Iraq and returned to “Sham,” the old Arabic name for Syria and Lebanon. “I’m sorry to go on and on, our sheik, but you should be informed of what’s going on” in Iraq, he says. “We want to act in the Sham, and we are ready to do so. We lack only the material and moral support from you.”

So far, there have been no answers.

I sure hope there was a harvest of useful IP addresses.

Lest we forget

Yes, Virginia.  There is a War on Terror.

National security is the number one issue of the Republican  primary for a very good reason.  Muslim terrorism is real.  It is a threat that America cannot ignore.  It is the reason that Republicans must prevail in the 2008 elections.  The Sun offers this reminder, lest we forget.

Qari Hifzur Rehamn, 60, spoke openly of imposing Islamic law’s stoning and beheading on Britain – as Pakistan was rocked by unrest over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

He warned: “We want Islamic law for all Pakistan and then the world.

“We would like to do this by preaching. But if not then we would use force.”

Rehamn, 60, spoke in the Pakistani town of Kahuta as the call to prayer echoed over the dusty streets.

He is Imam of the town’s fundamentalist religious school or madrassa, where classes for kids as young as nine include Jihad or Holy War and barbaric punishments.

His teachings are frightening enough. But his mosque lies in the shadow of the secret bunker where Pakistan produces nuclear weapons.

And when asked if it would be right to nuke British infidels, he laughed and answered: “Probably.”

Read more

News from Iraq

I wonder if any of this captured intel will lead back to Tehran…..

Baghdad – Security forces stormed a hideout belonging to Izzet al-Douri, the former Iraqi vice president under Saddam Hussein, in a village near Tikrit, 170km north of Baghdad, an Iraqi official said on Friday.

They broke into the hideout based on confirmed intelligence that al-Douri was using it to hold meetings with his aides, said the source who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The forces did not find al-Douri, but seized documents with information on the al-Qaeda terrorist network and other militias, their activities and the techniques used to conduct their operations in northern Iraq, the source said.

The documents also referred to the groups’ objectives which involved attacking Iraqi military and police forces, but contained no reference to US troops.

The source said the police later pursued a car in which al-Dourri was believed to have been travelling, but the driver managed to escape.

They later found the car abandoned, but containing a computer with important information, small arms and other equipment, the source said. source

Al-Douri was number five on the 55-wanted people list the US military had announced after the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

No al Douri, you’re not being paranoid……everyone IS out to get you, muthafokkah.  Hehehehe

Another grim milestone

from NowPublic.com…  10,000 islamic terror attacks since 9/11

In the mind-numbing aftermath of 9/11, who would have guessed that within just a few years American politicians would be campaigning on promises to ensure the comfort of incarcerated terrorists… that Hollywood writers would be generating reams of scripts replete with noble Muslim characters persecuted by fictitious American bigots… that footbaths would be making their way into airports and public universities… or that Muslim travelers would be chasing lawsuit dollars by scaring the hell out of fellow airline passengers with deliberately provocative behavior.

Welcome to this brave, new world, where even Osama bin Laden must be shaking his head over the spasm of Western butt-kissing that follows high-profile Islamic terror. Each new attack in the name of Allah seems to bring a fresh round of public groveling to the religion that inspires it – even if we can count on one hand the number of Muslims courageously calling the Islamic world to accountability for the violence. (h/t Rene’)

It is as much the responsibility of the Democratic Party to separate themselves from radical leftists as it is for moderate Muslims to separate themselves from radical Islamists.

The convergence of the radical left and radical islamists is the mortal enemy of Western democracy.

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Giving Thanks Is For Iraq, Too!

I don’t know if President Bush will make a surprise visit to Iraq this year, or not. Personally, I hope he has the opportunity to spend this holiday with his extended family, and enjoy his many blessings. One of his blessings is now being bestowed on Iraqi citizens, as they begin to return from exile, in large numbers.

The figures are hard to estimate precisely but the process could involve hundreds of thousands of people. The numbers are certainly large enough, as we report today, for a mass convoy to be planned next week as Iraqis who had opted for exile in Syria return to their homeland. It is one of the most striking signs that not only has violence in Baghdad and adjacent provinces decreased dramatically in recent months, but confidence in the economic and political future of Iraq has risen sharply.

Road From Damascus.

Displacement and Migration Minister Abdul Samad Sultan told Reuters that 1,600 people were returning to Iraq every day. As many as 2 million Iraqis have taken refuge in other nations, mainly Syria and Jordan.

Tearful Iraqi refugees return, hoping for safety.

While I, and many others, view the developments in Iraq as a blessing, of course, there are others who view the developments as a curse, such as the conspirators in the failure of U.S. policy in Iraq, Al Qaida, the U.S. Democrat party, and radical leftists all over the world. What is good news for America, is bad news for those who view this as a curse. They should be accustomed to bad news by now, as these events are a progression of events, beginning last year, even before the Gen. Petraeus surge began.
Just a few reminders of posts from this blog since January, in descending order:
10 Jan 07 Winning Hearts And Minds In Al Anbar.
13 Jan 07 Why 21,500 Additional Troops Is Actually Enough.
17 Mar 07 Iraq:Much Is Happening
I’m not clairvoyant, or even a good prognosticator, but a believer in the force of good over evil, the forces of freedom and liberty over despotism and tyranny, and of the ability of our President to convey what is important, and of our military to establish their mission based on a belief in what they are fighting for.
Need another example of “Hearts and Minds?” Then check this article, if for no other reason, the wonderful photo.
President Bush has been called every name in the book, and some that are too disgusting to be included in the book, and he has been criticized for every imaginable human failing extant. He has never waivered, nor has he faltered in his focus on what he believes is right, and now, even some of his harshest critics are beginning to(reluctantly) admit, that his plan is working.
I’m not here to be his cheerleader, for one thing he doesn’t need me too, he can stand on his own due to his accomplishments, and I have many bones to pick with him, but not on his approach to the GWOT.
I came across this quote from Amir Tehari, that seems appropriate, even though he was referring to Afghanistan:

In every war there comes a time when victory chooses its camp. That choice may take some time before it becomes apparent to those involved, but the more perceptive recognise it as soon as it appears on the horizon.

Victory chose it’s camp in Iraq over a year ago. Only now are many willing to acknowledge it has.
The Iraqis certainly are, and for this, our President, our military, our citizens, and the Iraqi people, can all give a heartfelt thanks.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING……EVERYONE!

A Few Words From Newt, On Our Own Phoney War!


I am always impressed with his brilliant mind.

Kerry remarks fail global credibility test

images1.jpgThe man who received the 2nd most votes for President in the history of the Republic accused President Bush today of trying to scare Americans about al Qaeda.

Fresh from his now famous assertion that the bloodbath in southeast Asia “didn’t happen” after the fall of Saigon, John Kerry is again trying to fit his foot into his mouth.

In his reaction to President Bush’s speech at Charleston AFB, Kerry said “Bush is trying to scare Americans into believing his rationale for continuing the war in Iraq.” source

Unless Kerry needs produce some evidence to back up his irresponsible and potentially dangerous claims.  Failing that, he needs to STFU.

Iraq: Plan B

Mrs. Clinton and John F. Kerry announced plans on Friday to introduce a bill which would force the Pentagon to begin planning how to withdraw from Iraq. Although I find it difficult to believe that this contingency hasn’t been debated and planned for by the Pentagon, it is interesting that the two would want these plans made public. To his credit, DOD Undersecretary Eric Edelman informed Mrs. Clinton that the Defense Department is not in the habit of “releasing operational details.” And, although Mrs. Clinton took the response as a personal insult to her patriotism, it is impossible to argue that a public release of this information would be in the national interest.

Well, perhaps not impossible. Who can fathom the ponytail mindset? Last week, liberal essayist, Juan Cole, tried to make the case that the dismissal of the Plame civil suit actually imperiled national security.

I kid you not.

The US withdrawal from Iraq, whether you call it “redeployment”, “retreat”, or “Plan B”, in anything less than a position of dominance will have many unforseen consequences, as well as others which may be anticipated by looking at historical precedence. And, while it is too early to say that the current “surge” is a success, there are signs that the tide is turning. If AQ and Mufsidoon elements can be isolated from their hosts, then ridding the country of foreign fighters becomes a definite possibility. Early indications are just that: early indications. If real progress isn’t shown by September, then domestic political pressure, highlighted by the early Presidential primary season, will come to a head. Further, as both political parties will most certainly have their de facto nominees in place by Super-Duper Tuesday, the perceived success of the “surge” will determine whether or not America’s role in the War on Terror will be on offense or defense.

Stateless warrior organizations (SWO) such as al Qaeda or Hizballah have proven to be successful in fighting a low-intensity conflict with the intent of killing as many civilians as possible, and causing security problems for their weak host governments. Not encumbered by “rules of engagement,” or even Geneva Conventions, their employment of tactics designed to terrorize the populace, as well as their mastery of Western media, necessitates their defeat by civilized societies: defeat which will require a level of ruthlessness not permitted under the self-imposed restrictions of 21st century politically correct warfare.

Whether it is from TCS Daily, or from Dan Simmons, the idea of countering these SWO’s with our own SWO’s is not a new one, but is one that could gain favor as pressure to withdraw the US Military increases.

Now, I’m certainly no military strategist. My profession is sales and marketing. So, to try to sell this idea to the political left would require some creative thinking…outside the box…so to speak. In this day and age of environmental activism, global warming hysteria, and carbon credits, I think I have the approach that would work: I would tell them that using SWO’s is like buying Military Offsets.

It might just work.

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