Sunday, 16 December 2007
CHALK ONE UP FOR MAUREEN DOWD
no fan of Maureen Dowd and have used this blog
to criticize her numbers of times. But today's she has given us one
of the funniest and most insightful columns of the year.
Given my criticisms of Ms. Dowd when I felt they were warranted, it would be
remiss of me not to compliment her when she does stellar work. So today I do,
because she did.
Here is the column - and it will be an accomplishment if you don't laugh out
loud at least once or twice.
Reefer Madness in
With the Iowa campaign in wild flux and in the
case of Hillary, acid reflux The Des Moines Register decides to hold a
tie-breaking debate with the two Democratic front-runners.
Carolyn Washburn, the phlegmatic editor of the
paper, once more moderates.
WASHBURN: Senator Clinton, Id like you to start
us off by explaining why your campaign has been getting down and dirty with
someone so clean and articulate?
CLINTON: I apologized to Senator Obama. I
absolutely did not authorize or condone the remarks made by one of my co-chairs
in New Hampshire about my distinguished colleagues youthful indiscretions. If
primary voters dont care that he did a little blow, then my goodness, why
should I? Even if he had packed a straw full of the white rabbit and had a snow
bunny blow it in his ear, who would care, for Petes sake? I only wish I knew
all that colorful chasing-the-dragon lingo. Senator Obama certainly has a lot of
street cred, even if it isnt Main Street. We owe it to the good people of Iowa
to stick to critical issues like the economy, and how to get a fiscally
responsible budget like we had in the 90s, the 90s, the 90s
WASHBURN: Snap out of it.
CLINTON: Sorry. Anyway, even if Senator Obama were
still riding the snow train, I would not allow any revelations about it to sully
this campaign. Im not sure who that young man in a hoodie was that Barack was
talking to outside tonight, before the debate. Id seen the young man earlier,
standing around in the shadows outside. But thats neither here nor there. Even
if I had been able to see whether any money was exchanged, or who was selling to
whom, I would not allow anyone in my campaign, even that scamp Mark Penn, to use
the word cocaine, cocaine, cocaine
CLINTON: Continuing in this vein, I just want to
conclude by saying, both in terms of experience and illegal substances, I am
vetted. I am tested.
WASHBURN: Senator Obama, what would your
priorities be as president?
OBAMA: I will pass a health care bill because I am
not a polarizing person whose negatives are completely off the charts, and Im
certainly not threatening to drag down the whole party at a time when we should
be killing the Republicans.
WASHBURN: Are you referring to Senator
OBAMA: Most certainly not. I want to bring a new
kind of politics to Washington that can reverse the polarizing atmosphere of the
90s, the 90s, the 90s.
CLINTON: Dont bogart the time, Barack. Id like a
hit. Carolyn, shouldnt there be some timing device to let my young friend know
when hes going over, something that would go BONG!
OBAMA: I know what youre doing, Hillary. I wasnt
born yesterday. She wants Americans to think Im so young and green that I can
only run for White House intern. It would be a stain on me to sink as low as
CLINTON: I dont appreciate that crack. If youre
going to needle me, Senator
OBAMA: In turn, I would like to reply that what
this country really needs is change
CLINTON: Change is mine now, Senator Belushi. Bill
and I stole it weeks ago. Some people believe you get change by hoping for it.
Some believe you get change by snorting it. I believe you get it by working
WASHBURN: Can you both please describe the key
features of what you consider to be the best education system in the
CLINTON: Well, I know that some of my supporters
have been spreading gossip that Senator Obama loves the madrassa system for
pre-K through terrorist training camp. But there is not a gram of truth in those
accusations. We shouldnt inject intolerance into this race.
WASHBURN: I would like to talk about the Peru free
trade deal that was signed on Friday. You both missed the vote.
CLINTON: Oh, Barack should take that one. His
views on Peruvian are positively flaky.
OBAMA: Youre the flaky one, Hillary, backing up
the president when he wanted to rush into Iraq and wage this trillion-dollar
CLINTON: Its no wonder you didnt want to go into
Iraq, Barack. There are no free bases there.
WASHBURN: All right, you two. Were out of time.
Have a Merry Christmas and
CLINTON: And I am sure that Senator Obama is
dreaming of his usual White Christmas. Hitch up the reindeer!
WASHBURN: As I was saying, a Happy New
CLINTON: He gets no kick from Champagne
I pride myself on being a really bad punster (the way it works is
that the worse a pun, is the better it is. Don't ask me to explain
this.). But Ms. Dowd has gotten off a couple in this column that I would
have been ashamed (thus proud) to call my own.
The "free bases" one was my personal favorite. Which is
Who is in Saudi pockets?
The left has spent years telling us that PresIdent Bush is, although I can't
say I've seen much evidence of it. Presidents take positions on countless
issues and the fact that some of them are also supported by the Saudi
government (while others - certainly regarding Israel - are not) hardly
convinces that there is any "ownership" - certainly not in the sense that
the LAMB left owns the Democratic party.
Maybe I'm just naive here. But when Eli Pariser of moveon.org says that his
organization bought the Democratic party and owns it (yes, he really said that),
I have reason to suspect that party is in moveon'org's pocket. I have
heard no such proclamation from the Saudis about President Bush.
But the Saudis do have pockets. And they are filled with
money. Who do they give this money to? They give it to presidents on
both sides of the political aisle. And if there ever were a former
(and possibly future) president willing to accept money it is Bill and Hillary
Today's article in the Washington Post gives us the details.
(Parenthetically, yesterday's Drudge Report told us the New York Times
would have this article. Evidently it had the right idea but the wrong
newspaper,since I can't find anything like this on the nytimes.com home
page). As usual, the bold print is mine:.
Clinton Library Got Funds From
Saudis Said to Have Given $10 Million
By John Solomon and Jeffrey H.
Washington Post Staff Writers
Saturday, December 15, 2007;
Bill Clinton's presidential library raised
more than 10 percent of the cost of its $165 million facility from foreign
sources, with the most generous overseas donation coming from Saudi Arabia,
according to interviews yesterday.
The royal family of Saudi Arabia gave the
Clinton facility in Little Rock about $10 million, roughly the same amount it
gave toward the presidential library of George H.W. Bush, according to people
directly familiar with the contributions.
The presidential campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) has for months faced questions about the source
of the money for her husband's presidential library. During a September debate,
moderator Tim Russert asked the senator whether her husband would release a
donor list. Clinton said she was sure her husband would "be happy to consider
that," though the former president later declined to provide a list of
Obama (D-Ill.) has made
an issue of the large yet unidentified contributors to presidential libraries,
saying that he wants to avoid even the appearance of impropriety in such
donations. Obama has introduced legislation that would require disclosure of all
contributions to presidential libraries, including Clinton's, and Congress has
actively debated such a proposal. Unlike campaign donations, money given to
presidential libraries is often done with limited or no
The Clinton library has steadfastly declined to
reveal its donors, saying they were promised confidentiality. The William J.
Clinton Foundation, which funds the library, is considered a charity whose
contributors can remain anonymous.
In response to questions from The Washington Post,
the foundation reiterated that it would not discuss specific sizes or sources of
donations to honor the commitment it made to donors. But it acknowledged that
some of the money Clinton received from the library came from foreign
"As president, he was beloved around the world, so
it should come as no surprise that there has been an outpouring of financial
support from around the world to sustain his post-presidential work," a
foundation statement said.
Bill Clinton has solicited donations for the
library personally, aides said, but he also delegated much of the fundraising to
others, especially Terence R. McAuliffe, a former chairman of the Democratic
National Committee and the chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.
The foundation statement stressed that he has turned over the facility to
taxpayers, as other former presidents have.
A handful of major donors' names to the Clinton
library were disclosed in 2004 when a New York Sun reporter accessed a public
computer terminal at the library that provided a list of donors. Soon after the
article appeared, the list of donors was removed.
The amount of the contribution from Saudi Arabia
and several other countries, as well as the percentage of the total given by
foreigners, had not been revealed.
The Post confirmed numerous seven-figure
donors to the library through interviews and tax records of foundations. Several
foreign governments gave at least $1 million, including the Middle Eastern
nations of Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, as well as the
governments of Taiwan and Brunei.
In addition, a handful of Middle Eastern
business executives and officials also gave at least $1 million each, according
to the interviews. They include Saudi businessmen Abdullah al-Dabbagh, Nasser
al-Rashid and Walid Juffali, as well as Issam Fares, a U.S. citizen who
previously served as deputy prime minister of Lebanon.
Spokesmen for Kuwait and Taiwan confirmed that
each government has given the library $1 million. Both governments also donated
to other presidential libraries. Kuwait contributed at least $1 million to the
library of former president George H.W. Bush, and Taiwan gave $2 million to the
Ronald Reagan library.
Calls to the other governments were not returned,
and the Middle Eastern individuals could not be located for comment.
Jack Kuei, a press officer for Taiwan in
Washington, said his government's donation "is a way to promote a mutual
understanding and it's a kind of public diplomacy." Kuwaiti counselor Jasem
Albudaiwi called his nation's contribution "a friendly donation from the people
and the government of Kuwait to the cause of the library." .
Fascinating, isn't it, how President Bush and his father (his father somewhat
more deservedly so) have been tarred with the Saudi association all these
years. But Bill Clinton, who got money galore from the Saudis and
assorted other Arab governments, has barely been cited -- at least not until
Since the Clinton Library started raking in the dough, it has refused to disclose who the
big donors are. It is hard not to conclude that this is because they
are embarrassed by who is on the list. And worried that the list would
damage an eventual presidential run for Hillary Clinton. It is also hard
not to conclude that these disclosures will hurt the Clinton candidacy.
Is this another example of media finally distancing itself from Bill and
HIll? Does it mean that they don't think Hillary Clinton can win the
presidency so they are now moving toward a more promising Democrat - like
Barack Obama, for instance?
The next few weeks will give us the answer.
FOLLOW-UP ON THE MURDER OF AQSA PARVEZ
On Tuesday (December 11) I posted an article about a "man" in Mississaugua,
Canada who strangled his daughter to death for the "crime" of not wanting to
wear a hijab (traditional muslim face covering) in public. I used this
horror as an installment of my "A Taste Of the Future" series.
You may be wondering how media have treated this story. Michelle Malkin
will tell you below. I recommend you read it, providing you have
completely digested all food intake.
Here it is:.
Whitewashing the murder of Aqsa Parvezand
remembering the murder of Tina Isa
Aqsa Parvezs Facebook photo
What is it with our craven mainstream media? They
simply cannot give you the news straight when it comes to bloody sharia and
bloody jihad. A Muslim girl was murdered over her refusal to wear a
hijab, for crying out loud, and
this is how
Canadian Teen Dies; Father
Meantime, the Canadian press is pulling out its
Broad Strata card again.
Five Feet of Fury and Halls of Macadamia spotlight the press quoting spin doctor Mohamed
Elmasry, President of the Canadian Islamic Congress, claiming it was a
I dont want the public to think that this is
really an Islamic issue or an immigrant issue, said Mohamed Elmasry of the
Canadian Islamic Congress. It is a teenager issue.
Blood pressure rising yet?
catches the National Post in the act with this quote:
The strangulation death of Ms. Parvez was
the result of domestic violence, a problem that cuts across Canadian
society and is blind to colour or creed.
The only ones blinded here are the dhimmi
journalists wielding the whitewash brush over Aqsa Parvezs dead
Several readers remind me of the horrific murder
of Tina Isa by her Muslim jihadi father (aided by her Brazilian mother) in St.
Louis in 1989. Zein Isa had been plotting to bomb the Israeli embassy at the
time he murdered his daughter for taking a job and dating a black student.
Journalist Ellen Harris wrote a
book about Tina, which Daniel Pipes
In November 1989 in St. Louis, the FBI
inadvertently tape recorded the entire episode of a teenage girls being
killed by her Palestinian father and Brazilian mother (the Feds were looking
for evidence of terrorism, which they also found). In a ghastly eight-minute
sequence, Zein Isa stabbed his daughter Palestina thirteen times with a
butchers knife as his wife held the girl down and responded to Palestinas
pleas for help with a brutal Shut up! The killing ends with Zein screaming
Die! Die quickly! Die quickly! . . . Quiet, little one! Die, my daughter,
die! By this time, she is dead.
Harris, a St. Louis television reporter, has
done admirable spade work going through the court transcripts and interviewing
everyone connected to the case in an attempt to piece together the
interlocking stories of family murder and active support of Abu Nidals
terrorist organization. In addition, she successfully conjures up the small
and exceedingly unpleasant world of Zein Isa and his family of rabid
anti-Americans living right in the American heartland. The murder culminates
their lives of frustration, greed, and vulgarity. Unfortunately, Harris spent
more effort digging up information than she did writing the book; so the
more-than-casual reader must read and reread its pages to piece together the
sequence of events and the scope of the Isa familys involvement with Abu
Nidal. Doing so repays the effort, however, for Harris has compiled a treasure
trove of materials on two usually elusive subjects.
A 1991 New York Times article gives you details of the tapes and the trial:
The jury deliberated more than four hours
Saturday before asking for the death penalty against Zein Isa and his wife,
Maria. On Friday, the jurors had convicted them in the death of their daughter
Tina, the father for stabbing her and the mother for holding her
The girls screams and moans as she begged her
parents not to kill her were captured by devices secretly planted in the
apartment by Federal agents who were looking into possible illegal activities
by Mr. Isa on behalf of the Palestine Liberation Organization. Cultures and
Instead of international intrigue, the tapes
captured a sometimes chilling, sometimes heartbreaking family drama involving
clashes of cultures Mr. Isa was born in Palestine and his wife in Brazil
and the parents attempts to control their daughter who, it seems, wanted to
be an American teen-ager.
The surveillance unit was not staffed on Nov. 6,
1989, the night Tina Isa was killed. Soon after the killing, the F.B.I. turned
over a number of tapes to the prosecutor, Dee Joyce-Hayes. They included a
number of phone conversations with Zein Isa and several other daughters in
which he seems to discuss various methods of getting rid of Tina, including
accusing her of attacking him with a knife. Since the F.B.I. has refused to
discuss the tapes, only some of which were used at the trial, it is not clear
whether the authorities could have intervened to prevent the killing.
Translated for Jury
The seven-minute tape of the killing, on which
the father is heard shouting in Arabic Die quickly! in answer to his
daughters cries, chilled the jury of seven women and five men and shocked
court officials who thought they had seen and heard everything.
Its worse than any movie, any film, anything I
thought that I would ever hear in my life, said Bob Craddick, an assistant
prosecutor for seven years, who has heard the tape seven or eight times.
On the night of her death, Tinas parents
express anger on the tape that she was at work, then seem not to believe that
she was at work at all. Then Tinas father says: Here, listen, my dear
daughter, do you know that this is the last day. Tonight, youre going to
Tina responds: Huh?
Zein Isa replies: Do you know that you are
going to die tonight?
The girls mother asks her questions about items
in her schoolbag. In the midst of her conversation with her mother, Tina
begins to shriek in fear.
Keep still, Tina! says her father.
Mother, please help me!
Huh? What do you mean? the mother
What help? the mother responds.
Tina screams, and Maria says: Are you going to
listen? Are you going to listen?
Screaming louder, Tina gasps: Yes! Yes! Yes, I
am! then coughs and adds, No. Please!
The mother says, Shut up!
Tina continues to cry, but her voice is
Die! Die quickly! Die quickly! the father
The girl moans, seems to quiet, then screams one
Quiet, little one! Die my daughter, die! the
Tina was stabbed six times in the chest with a
boning knife, which pierced her heart, one lung, and liver, investigators
An honor killing is usually a private family
matter. One family member, usually the father or oldest son, kills the family
member who has disgraced or dishonored the family, usually a female who has
either had premarital sex or been unfaithful in her marriage. Honor killings
take place mostly in third world countries, although in November of 1989,
Saint Louis gained National attention in what became one of the most
publicized honor killings in the world.
The FBI unintentionally taped the brutal murder
of 16-year-old Tina Isa, while doing electronic surveillance of the Isaa
home. Zein Isa, Tinas father was a suspected Palestinian Terrorist and had
been under FBI surveillance for some time. The first clue to Tina Isas death
came one morning as FBI agents listened to the surveillance tapes from the
night before. Imagine the difficulty the agents must have experienced
listening to Tinas terrifying screams, as her Palestinian father kills her
and her Brazilian mother Maria helps him.
The agents quickly realize with horror, they are
already hours to late and that Tina is already dead. The agents hear Tina
screaming, begging her mother please help me and her mother says only shut up.
Tinas father stabs her with a butcher knife 13 times in the chest, while
Tinas mother Maria holds her daughter down. The murder of their daughter Tina
Isa takes eight minutes. The tape ends with Zein Isa telling his daughter die,
die quickly, quiet, little one, die, my daughter, die. Then there is silence
on the tape and it is obvious Tina has died.
After hearing the murder of Tina Isa on the
surveillance tape, agents must make a difficult decision. Do they blow FBI
cover, turn over the audiotapes, allowing the prosecutor to prosecute the
Isaa for murdering their daughter. Do they continue their surveillance and
hope that Zein and Maria Isa lead the agents to terrorists. In the end, the
agents turn over their evidence to the prosecuting attorneys office and
prosecute the Isas for the murder of their daughter.
Tina is an honor killing. A daughter killed by
her father for causing dishonor for her family in her fathers eyes. Earlier
in the day, Tina had applied for a part-time job at a local Saint Louis
Wendys Restaurant against her parents wishes, and with out their permission.
Recently she had begun seeing a black boy from school. Both of these behaviors
disrespect the family, enough that her father felt justified in killing her.
The number of honor killings worldwide is difficult to detect. Honor killings
are a taboo subject. Killing your child because they are disrespectful is not
open for discussion in any country.
During their trial, the Zein Isa tried to get
the surveillance tapes thrown out as evidence because they captured events
that had no relevance to the FBIs investigation. The court allowed the tapes
as evidence, which allowed the jury to hear Tinas voice from beyond the
grave, and the stark cold method in which her father and mother murdered her
in cold blood in her own home. Zein and Maria Isa both found guilty of Murder
and sentenced to death.
Zein Isa died from illness while waiting on death
row in 1997. Maria Isas sentence was commuted to life imprisonment without
May they both rot in hell. And may Aqsa Parvezs
father rot there with them..
Are you as sickened as I am? Could any decent person not be? Why
are so many media venues so determined to act on behalf of the people who do
That's a question we damn well better start demanding answers
STIFF UPPER LIP SERVICE
Gordon Brown is the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and, accordingly,
he leads UK policy on Iraq.
Even as the USA troop surge is not only working but
paying us significant dividends in Baghdad and surrounding areas, Mr. Brown appears to
have decided to run in an opposite direction.
The expression "declare victory and leave the field" is very amusing as a punch line. But not
amusing at all as a foreign policy. This seems to have eluded the
new PM, as he retreats from Basra while leaving decent Iraqi people with murderous radical
islamic lunatics running loose and killing them at will.
Here, courtesy of today's Times of London, are the specifics:.
Tossed from a car and shot in cold
IT WAS just after 11pm and the shopkeeper was
closing up for the night when a van screeched to a halt outside. The back doors
flew open. Someone inside threw a woman onto the street, he said. She was
lying on the road but she was still alive. A man lent out and shot a machine-gun
into her body.
As the van raced away, the shopkeeper ran over to
her. She was aged 25 to 30 with long dark hair and was lying face up. There was
so much blood, he said. The police just took a photograph and put her in the
back of a van.
There have been 48 women killed in six months for
un-Islamic behaviour. The murders in the teeming southern port of Basra have
highlighted the weakness of the security forces and the strength of Islamic
militias as Britain prepares to hand over control to Iraqi officials today.
In another case, two teenagers saw a woman beaten
to death by five or six men from the Mahdi Army, Basras most powerful militia.
One picked up a rock and crushed her skull. The teenagers were told that their
home and family would be destroyed if they betrayed the killers.
However, Major-General Jalil Khalaf, the police
chief, said the citys 28 militias were better armed than his men. They control
the ports which earns them huge sums of money he said.
As well as skimming profits from oil exports, they
were importing weapons from Iran.
You could smuggle a tank across that border if
you wanted to, he added.
During four days of reporting independently in
Basra the first western journalist to do so for a British newspaper in almost
two years I met a Baghdad official who had come to investigate the port. He
was abducted, tortured and freed only after a gift was promised to the
The objective of the UK forces in southern Iraq
was to establish the security needed for political development and economic
reconstruction. Major-General Graham Binns, the commander of British forces in
Basra province, acknowledged that we were unable to meet the aspirations of the
Iraqi people. .
Major-General Binns has it right. The job is left undone, and what
was done was not done very well.
George Bush's father declared victory in 1991.
Militarily, he was right. But then he "left the
field" and essentially screwed the people of Iraq, very much including those in
Basra. Based on his actions and words, Gordon Brown appears to view the
former President Bush as some kind of visionary for doing so.
Fortunately, the current President Bush has a different idea. Look at
the results and think about who is making more sense.
GREAT NEWS FROM IRAQ: WILL IT BE REPORTED?
It seems to me that this excerpted story, which just went up on the
Associated Press wire about an hour ago, contains great news.
First let me show it to you. Then let's think about what it means and
where it should be on the newscasts tonight and the newspapers and network news
tomorrow. As usual, the bold print is mine:
General: Iraq at its quietest since
By PATRICK QUINN, Associated Press
BAGHDAD - Violence in Iraq is at its
lowest levels since the first year of the American invasion, finally opening a
window for reconciliation among rival sects, the second-ranking U.S. general
said Sunday as Iraqi forces formally took control of security across half the
Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno, the man responsible for the
ground campaign in Iraq, said that the first six months of 2007 were probably
the most violent period since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. The past six
months, however, had seen some of the lowest levels of violence since the
conflict began, Odierno said, attributing the change to an increase in both
American troops and better-trained Iraqi forces.
"I feel we are back in '03 and early '04.
Frankly I was here then, and the environment is about the same in terms of
security in my opinion," he said. "What is different from then is that the Iraqi
security forces are significantly more mature."
Violence killed at least 27 Iraqis on Sunday 16
of them members of a U.S.-backed neighborhood patrol killed in clashes with
al-Qaida in a
volatile province neighboring Baghdad.
Thirty-five al-Qaida fighters also died in that fighting, Iraqi officials
Odierno said Anbar province, once plagued
by violence, only recorded 12 attacks in the past week, down from an average of
26 per week over the past three months.
"The violence last week was the lowest ever," he
said of Anbar.
"So that kind of defines 2007 very simply. A long
hard fight and a lot of sacrifice by a lot of soldiers, Marines and airmen to
get there," Odierno said.
A planned reduction of troops to about 130,000 at
the end of next year from a high of around 165,000 at the height of the "surge"
should not derail that effort, but Iraq's government must take advantage of the
improved security, Odierno said. There are 154,000 U.S. troops in Iraq
"We have a window, I don't know how long
that window is, but there is a window because of the security to move forward,"
Odierno told a small group of journalists at his headquarters in Baghdad. "We
need to get policies in place by the central government to do
Petraeus, the top American commander in Iraq, said in a joint statement
with U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Patricia A. Butenis, that Iraqi forces
"have demonstrated their readiness to assume responsibility for the provincial
security. Today this responsibility is theirs."
British troops will not immediately leave southern
Iraq but will instead remain at their base just outside the city. This is know
by the military as "operational overwatch," in which Iraqi security forces and
civilian police take responsibility under a provincial governor, or other
official, and coalition forces are held in reserve in bases that are spread out
intervening when necessary or when asked.
The next phase would involve a hand over at a
national level which could then set stage for a large-scale withdrawal of all
foreign troops a few years later. .
Isn't this exactly what the troop surge was supposed to do? Lower the
terrorist activity, give the Iraqi forces a chance to take care of their own
country and provide a window of opportunity for the Iraqi government to try
to display some competence for a change and create a workable peace between the
Here are a few things it isn't:
-It isn't a lost war, despite the best efforts of Democratic leadership to
try to convince us otherwise;
-It isn't a civil war, despite the best efforts of Democratic
leadership to try to convince us otherwise;
-The troop surge is successful, despite the best efforts of Democratic
leadership to convince us otherwise;
-Though the road will be very difficult, there is a realistic chance that
Iraq could evolve into a self-sustaining democracy, despite the best efforts
of Democratic leadership to convince us otherwise.
Noticing a trend? Me too.
This is the conundrum of Democratic leftwing hardball on Iraq: the
better the news is in that country, the worse news it is, politically, for
Democrats. Therefore great news like this is a disaster for Democrats'
This brings us again to the issue of media coverage.
Watch the network news tonight. Check your newspaper and the network
news tomorrow - along with the Today show or Good Morning America in the
morning, if you can (I'm assuming you don't watch the CBS morning show, who
does?). See how much coverage this gets.
Who knows, maybe they'll do something radical and even report
THE DEATH OF MUHAMED AL DURA
You probably remember the story: A young palestinian Arab boy and
his father pinned against a wall during a gunfight between palestinian Arabs and
Israelis. The father desperately tries to shield his son from
the Israeli bullets. But he cannot. The child is shot to death by
What you probably do not know is the event I just described is a complete fraud. And that this
has been demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt in a court of
I've been wanting to post a commentary about the Muhamed Al Dura
fraud for some time. But I have avoided doing so, because
the only way to present it appropriately is to present it completely, and that
would take far too much space in this kind of a blog.
Now, however, Scott Johnson, writing for the invaluable website www.powerlineblog.com has put together a
series of links which accomplishes what I could not figure out a practical way
of doing. With great appreciation to Mr. Johnson and Powerline, here it
The story of the Israel Defense Forces' purported
killing of Muhamed al Dura is a modern blood libel. Richard Landes introduces
the affair as follows:
People who followed Middle East news in
2000 cannot forget the image of Muhamed al Durah, gunned down in a hail of
Israeli bullets at the very beginning of the Al Aqsa Intifada. The impact of
this dramatic footage on global culture is close to incalculable. Its
prominence goes far beyond any other image from this terrible conflict and its
impact goes far beyond any of its other images, one of the most powerful
images of the past 50 years, one of the shaping images of this young 21st
It appears that just about every relevant element
of the story originally reported by France 2 is false. Examination of the
available evidence shows that al Dura's death was deliberately staged for film.
CAMERA has prepared an excellent backgrounder on the al Dura affair.
Nidra Poller's 2005 article "Myth, fact, and the al-Dura
affair" provides an invaluable
narrative account. Now Poller reports that al Dura's father -- allegedly wounded by the IDF in the events that
led to his son's death -- was in fact injured by axe-wielding Palestinian forces
in 1992, according to an Israeli surgeon who performed reconstructive surgery on
the wounds two years later. Poller comments:
Jamal [al Dura] used the arm restored
by Israeli surgeons to act out the blood libel that provoked the murderous
rage that killed countless Israeli civilians, including courageous doctors who
had treated Palestinians with the same generosity he experienced.
Poller's story is suggestive of the upside down
version of reality peddled by Arab propagandists and their handmaidens in the
Western media. .
The trial took place in France and was big news there. But most of the
rest of the world - very much including the USA - has done its level best
to ignore the inconvenience and embarrassment of having to go back 8 years and
acknowledge getting it wrong.
That's too bad. Because ignoring this reality means leaving Israel
culpable for something its military clearly did not do. It is also insures
that islamic jihadists continue to exploit a martyr they invented
out of thin air and have already used for 8 years.
Not, of course, that putting the truth in our newspapers and broadcast media
would change how Muhamed Al Dura's phony martyrdom is passed off as
real. The people doing it will most assuredly continue to do
so, because truth and integrity mean nothing to them. But
at least some people in the free world would be given a chance to know the
I don't think this is asking too much. Do you?
"THE TERRORIST PLOT NO ONE TALKED ABOUT"
All credit to Mr. Ed Morrissey of www.captainsquartersblog.com and
Mr. Scott Johnson of www.powerlineblog.com for their heads-up
on this plot and their (typically) excellent analyses.
I am posting Ed's writeup, but I strongly urge you to use the link he provides so you
can read Scott's piece as well.
Then I urge you to wonder why the LA Times (where it was happening, so
they more or less had to cover it) is one of the only major media
venues reporting about it:
A terrorist conspiracy
to attack military sites and synagogues developed among prison Muslims for
years, and yet hardly any mention of the conspiracy made the news. The Los
Angeles Times picks up the story no one else seems interested in reporting,
noting that two of the accused have pled guilty to the conspiracy:
Two members of a prison-based Islamic
terrorist cell that authorities say was poised to attack military sites,
synagogues and other targets across Southern California pleaded guilty in
federal court Friday to conspiring to wage war against the United States.
The plot, which police stumbled upon during a
routine investigation into a gas station holdup, represented one of the most
realistic terrorism threats on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, experts said. The
case also raised concerns about whether the country's prisons could serve as
recruiting centers for Islamic extremists.
As the defendants entered their pleas,
prosecutors made public several documents detailing the group's operations.
One handwritten paper, titled "Modes of Attack," includes a list of National
Guard facilities, Army recruiting centers and something referred to as the
"camp site of Zion."
Another two-page document, labeled "Blueprint
2005," sets out eight tasks to be accomplished in furtherance of the plot. "We
will need bombs that can be activated from a distance," one entry reads.
"Acquire two weapons (pistols) with silencers," reads another.
Kevin Lamar James and Levar Haney Washington,
members of the homegrown radical Islamic organization dubbed JIS, entered
guilty pleas in front of U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney in federal court
in Santa Ana.
The investigation started as a routine probe into
a gas-station robbery. Police in Torrance discovered the group's manifesto, a
list of targets, and a post-attack warning for people to avoid contact with Jews
and non-Jewish supporters of "the Zionist state". Torrance called in the feds,
who believe that the group had almost completed its preparations for a major
attack in Los Angeles.
It is no secret that Muslims have recruited many
converts in the prison system. This effort goes back decades, and Malcolm X may
be the most famous of these converts. Traditionally, they have tried to create a
political awareness and activism in these converts, and even with Malcolm X,
some thought that edged towards terrorism. It certainly looked that way when
Malcom X got murdered, apparently by the Nation of Islam, for dissenting and
splintering from their leadership. It doesn't take much imagination to see how
that process can be used to inspire already resentful inmates into attacking
their own country, at least inspired by al-Qaeda.
Unfortunately, the national news media has decided
that this story doesn't have the same newsworthiness of the Miami group's plot
to blow up the Sears Tower. The pundit class has used that as an example of the
inconsequential nature of the threat of home-grown jihadiism. They have
neglected to give much reporting to the excellent and fortuitous work by
federal, state, and local officials in this case, exposing a potential root of
home-grown terror. Like my friends at Power Line, I'm
hardly sanguine that this particular threat has been terminated. .
Why is this not front page material in other newspapers or lead-story
material on the network news shows?
Is it just me or do you get a sense that the answer is something like "Hey,
the plot is just against military sites and Jews. So what's the